Get rich or die tryin’ : a semiotic approach to the construct of wealth in rap music.

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dc.contributor.advisor Stone, Sara J. Davis, Kristine Ann. 2011-08
dc.description.abstract For the past 30 years, rap music has made its way into the mainstream of America, taking an increasingly prominent place in popular culture, particularly for youth, its main consumers. This thesis looks at wealth through the lens of semiotics, an important component of critical/cultural theory, using a hermeneutical analysis of 11 rap songs, spanning the last decade of rap music to find signification and representation of wealth in the rap song lyrics. The research finds three important themes of wealth - relationship between wealth and the opposite sex, wealth that garners respect from other people, and wealth as a signifier for "living the good life" - and five signifiers of wealth – money, cars, attire, liquor, and bling. en_US
dc.publisher en
dc.rights Baylor University theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. Contact for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.subject Rap music. en_US
dc.subject Qualitative. en_US
dc.subject Semiotics. en_US
dc.subject Hermeneutics. en_US
dc.subject Wealth. en_US
dc.subject Hip hop music. en_US
dc.title Get rich or die tryin’ : a semiotic approach to the construct of wealth in rap music. en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US M.A. en_US
dc.rights.accessrights Worldwide access en_US
dc.contributor.department Journalism. en_US
dc.contributor.schools Baylor University. Dept. of Journalism. en_US

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