• 'You Can't Flow Over This': Ursula Rucker's Acoustic Illusion

    Author(s):
    Marisa Parham (see profile)
    Date:
    2007
    Group(s):
    LLC 20th- and 21st-Century American, LLC African American, TC Popular Culture
    Subject(s):
    Hip Hop, Hip-hop studies, African American poetry, Beat literature, Black popular culture
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    The Roots, Bob Kaufman, Foxy Brown, Rape Culture, Blaxsploitation
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/f52c-ss55
    Abstract:
    This essay brings together two texts, a letter to the editor written in experimental prose by the Black avant-garde Beat poet, Bob Kaufman, and “The Unlocking,” a spoken-word poem written and performed by Ursula Rucker that appears at the end of The Roots’ critically acclaimed rap album, Do You Want More??!?. By using the aural to disrupt expectations set up for us by the visual, each text shatters the visual. Though radically different in form from each other – Kaufman’s letter was written to the San Francisco Chronicle in 1963, and Rucker’s poem appears on a 1995 rap album – both artists turn to the ear to subvert the eye, using sound to disrupt fantasies about race, gender, and power in the larger social scenes in which their texts originally appeared.
    Notes:
    * * * This article contains graphic representations of sexual assault and violence, pages 5 - 12 * * * This essay is the print element of a multimedia/digital essay: “Spoken/Word: Ursula Rucker’s Sonic Intervention – a multimedia presentation,” Sonic Interventions An International Workshop | Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam. April 2005
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    Published
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    11 months ago
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