Master of Arts
Popular Music and Culture
Dr. Keir Keightley
Conceptualizing and analyzing the hip-hop career and the role of success therein allows us to investigate the long-term shifts in the economic and cultural capitals associated with the genre, and can help us better understand how hip-hop has achieved enduring success and respect. As hip-hop musicians continue to prosper financially and achieve unprecedented levels of success and longevity in the industry, understandings of the hip-hop career have shifted. Hip-hop musicians attempt to translate their cultural capital into financial profit by leveraging their respective personas into marketable brands and lifestyles that act as non-musical, career extending strategies. The thesis investigates how the hip-hop music career commences, the activities and individuals required to nurture a career, and the criteria that ultimately determine success.
White, Christopher R., ""Rap is easy, career is the hard part:" analyzing success, longevity and failure within the framework of the hip-hop career" (2012). University of Western Ontario - Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository. Paper 911.