• Writings and Presentations on Hip Hop

    Hip Hop Rhetoric

    Academic Article: "Hip Hop and Religion: Gangsta Rap's Christian Rhetoric"

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    This article analyzes gangsta rap discourse through the lens of rhetorical studies to reveal central features of its Christian religious ethos. The religious rhetorical output of many gangsta rappers, both textual and visual, reveals a religious ethos containing a form of religious phronesis (practical wisdom). This ethos has three central telling characteristics: solidarity with Jesus formed through the common theme of suffering; a mistrust of organized religion; and the presence of a psycho-social battle between good and evil, analyzed here through the examples of DMX and Mase.

    Academic Article: "Hip Hop Kairos"

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    Discourse is part of the network of knowledge and power.



    My words are like a dagger / with a jagged edge.


    Prezi Presentation: Why Studying Latinx Hip Hop Matters

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    Prezi presentation focusing on the study of Latinx Hip Hop and what it can teach us about cultural and linguistic diversity.

    Blog Article on my Talk "Why Studying Latinx Hip Hop Matters"

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    Professor Tinajero gave a lecture on the subject as part of the UNT Dallas speaker series. In the presentation, he challenged the archaic views that modern academia has on traditional rhetoric. ...

    Academic Article: "Black and Brown in Hip Hop: Tenuous Solidarity"

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    I propose that Latino/a Americans and African Americans—highlighted here through the lens of Hip Hop—are in a constant state of tension and solidarity. Here I offer a new term which I feel may capture best this relationship—tenuous-solidarity. The two groups interact in a physical, linguistic, and rhetorical borderland (Anzaldua) and co-exist in what LuMing Mao might refer to as a state of “together-in-difference” (434). They “meet, clash, and grapple with each other” (Pratt qtd. in Mao 434) in a brutally beautiful manner that is indicative of many racially (or otherwise) divided people throughout the world.

    Academic Article: "Relandscaping the Rhetorical Tradition Through Hip Hop"

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    An analysis of how Hip Hop rhetoric shifts and relandscapes traditional approaches to the study of rhetoric.

    Prezi Presentation: "Latin@ Borderland Hip Hop: Identity and Counter-hegemony"

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    A look at ways that Latin@ Hip Hop reveals the borderland and its ability to serve as a counter-hegemonic force.

    Upcoming Project and Website on Race Relations Between Latinos and Blacks in Hip Hop

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    An ongoing project that looks through race relations between Blacks and Latinos through the lens of Hip Hop.