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Post-Migratory Cultures in Postcolonial France$
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Kathryn Kleppinger and Laura Reeck

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786941138

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786941138.001.0001

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Redefining Frenchness through Urban Music and Literature: The Case of Rapper-Writers Abd Al Malik and Disiz

Redefining Frenchness through Urban Music and Literature: The Case of Rapper-Writers Abd Al Malik and Disiz

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(p.131) Redefining Frenchness through Urban Music and Literature: The Case of Rapper-Writers Abd Al Malik and Disiz
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Post-Migratory Cultures in Postcolonial France
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Stève Puig

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781786941138.003.0008

An essential element of urban culture is rap, which has grown progressively in importance to and for post-migratory postcolonial minorities since the mid-1980s. One interesting development in the last decade is the emergence of a group of rapper-writers, including Abd Al Malik or Disiz, who use various platforms to offer a counter-narrative to dominant discourse on the banlieues. Both artists, who draw on similar influences, move across and fuse genres to redefine Frenchness in the 21st century and to imagine what it is to be an artist in the instance of what Marie-Claude Smouts has called ‘the postcolonial situation’.

Keywords:   Abd Al Malik, French rap, Disiz, banlieue, hip-hop

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