Drake, Childish Gambino, and the Specter of Black Authenticity

Michael P. Jeffries on rappers advancing the black identity question, but not.


Wellesley College professor Michael P. Jeffries offers his take take on rappers Drake and Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover.  While they both have manage somewhat to steer clear of hip hop’s dominant masculine narrative, neither are as successful at it as they could be.  Here’s what he recently wrote on The Atlantic’s site:

Standing at different stations of success, neither Drake nor Glover embodies the stereotypes of rap music superstardom or expectations of black authenticity. Their strategies for negotiating these expectations are different, yet eerily similar, and vital for understanding connections between racism and sexism.

Read the full article on TheAtlantic.com.


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