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Elizabeth Ellcessor and Bill Kirkpatrick

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479867820

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479867820.001.0001

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Throw Yo’ Voice Out

Throw Yo’ Voice Out

Disability as a Desirable Practice in Hip-Hop Vocal Performance

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Disability Media Studies

Alex S. Porco

NYU Press

Alex S. Porco argues that vocal disability is a desirable, if unacknowledged, practice in hip-hop vocal performance. His materialist approach resists reducing voice to a metaphor for race, oppositionality, or liberation; and it emphasizes, instead, the physiological and social processes that render hip-hop voices unique, particular, and audible. Porco emphasizes the agency hip-hop artists possess in seeking out disabled bodies and assuming disabled identities for aesthetic and political ends. Integrating disability studies and a range of literatures on sound and music, this chapter demonstrates how disability may be a core component of media without any reference to visual representations.

Keywords:   voice, hip-hop, performance

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