Yeezy Taught Me: Race, Gender, Class & Identity Through Rap Music

April Marie Reza, University of Texas at El Paso


This study will explore identity construction by examining the intersectionality of race, gender, and class within rap music, specifically the music of Kanye West. It will expand current research by exploring social themes within rap music and how they impact the construction of one’s identity. The primary goal of the study is to analyze rap music and intersectionality within the lyrics, following how they interconnect to shape and influence a listeners identity. Furthermore, this study will analyze lyrics of a popular figure within the rap genre and the messages that are communicated through an artist’s music career.

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Reza, April Marie, "Yeezy Taught Me: Race, Gender, Class & Identity Through Rap Music" (2018). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI13424777.