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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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Party Politics

Party Politics

Rae Sremmurd’s Club as Posthuman Vestibule

(p.101) Chapter 4 Party Politics
Posthuman Rap

Justin Adams Burton

Oxford University Press

Rae Sremmurd employ trap aesthetics alongside sonic signifiers of crunk in order to construct a club scene that involves partying in the midst of violence. Building on the theory of trap irony I present in Chapter 3, I consider how Rae Sremmurd do queer work as a way of existing outside of neoliberal humanism. By refusing to create capital that feeds systems of violence and by refusing to reproduce within a system of violence, Rae Sremmurd party under duress, building a club that exists just outside of neoliberal humanism, pointing to a future we can only imagine, a future that exists “outside our present conception of what it is to be human.”

Keywords:   posthuman, hip hop, rap, Rae Sremmurd, trap, crunk, Nicki Minaj, Mike Will Made-It, L.H. Stallings, Richard Iton

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