Turkish rap music within the grip of popular culture

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2021-6
Elbir, İrem
Hip-hop has become one of the omnipresent and popular form of cultures in the present-day, which spreads across the world and the most known elements of this culture has always been rap music. This music becomes a way of expression to raise a voice against the social problems throughout its history. This study examines how the resistance in Turkish rap music has transformed within the grip of popular culture. In this context, the formation of Turkish rap music will be discussed and analyzed through the analysis of in-depth interviews. Before the analysis of the interviews, this thesis firstly attempts to focus on the history of hip-hop culture and rap music along with the link between the resistance and rap music. Then, it aims to discuss journey of rap music from Germany to Turkey. Finally, the study aims to reveal the different aspects of resistance in Turkish rap music by referring to the individual and social components of this music. This thesis also argues that resistance in Turkish rap music is ambiguous in terms of how it expresses itself.
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İ. Elbir, “Turkish rap music within the grip of popular culture,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2021.