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Posthuman Rap$
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Justin Adams Burton

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190235451

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190235451.001.0001

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Pre-Echo—Monsters in the Mix

(p.1) Introduction
Posthuman Rap

Justin Adams Burton

Oxford University Press

Nicki Minaj is a monster. She’s not the only one on Kanye West’s “Monster” (2010)—so are Jay Z and Rick Ross—but she’s monstrous in a way the others aren’t. Minaj’s tour de force verse shifts between multiple personas and calls our attention to the ways she can deploy what Savannah Shange calls her “strategic queerness,” slipping in and out of recognizable performances of mainstream humanism. The introduction to Posthuman Rap traces the contours of Minaj’s queerness and listens for the way the song responds to her, laying out both the sonic and political parameters I’ll tease out in the rest of the book.

Keywords:   Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, queer, Savannah Shange, hip hop, sound studies, posthumanism, monster, race, gender

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