Ras Kass: Lyricist at Large Term Paper by Jay Writtings LLC

Ras Kass: Lyricist at Large
An analysis of the controversial lyrics of rapper Ray Kass also known as John Austin.
# 118479 | 1,768 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Feb 01, 2010 in African-American Studies (Civil Rights) , Music Studies (General)

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This paper discusses John Austin's lyrics and the messages contained therein through an application of Stuart Hall's theories of representation. The paper also examines some of his recorded interviews for continued application of representation. It is the paper's intention to show that Ras Kass is indeed a destructive storyteller who is consistently detrimental to the Civil Rights Movement as well as adds fuel to the violent flames of racism.

From the Paper:

"Again we turn to "Ordo Abchao" to find the answer. In "Hook #2," immediately following the second verse, he states "So we try to cash more checks and have more sex." This seems an obvious mission statement from a man who sees such material gains as his only measure of success and happiness. This theme plays again into the negative representation of black American culture in the media and does nothing to help the black community in their continued struggle for equality and respect.
"When we are shown depictions of a young black man, angry and violent, stating that everything wrong is someone else's fault, advocating criminal activities, and claiming the "me first" philosophy, we see specifically the reason for Stuart Hall's admonishment of the black community to avoid portraying this short of stereotype in the media. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • <httml://www.nobodysmiling.com/hiphop/play-audio.php?rid=85828&path=rass kass hit me on my black>
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yzsA26GqIU

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