In this article we explore the intersection between rap music, migrations and the city. We draw on the resource of rap music lyrics as a source of personal narratives to understand the experience of migrant youth in the city in which they live. Based on this rationale, we analyse the music of the Cuban rap singer Rxnde Akozta taking into account the four main cities where he has lived: Habana, Helsinki, Caracas and Barcelona. The analysis of the music-city interplay shows that a) experiences in the city have a key influence in rappers’ life experiences, which are sources of inspiration for their lyrics; in the work of Rxnde, the city is a recurring context or topic in his expressive poetics, and b) the characteristics of each city heavily influence the way musicians’ target audiences are framed, which in the case of Rxnde, have evolved from a Cuban audience, through another Latin American public, to an international audience.
|Translated title of the contribution||The Potential of Rap Music to Explore Young Migrants' Experiences in the City: Case Study of Rxnde Akozta|
|Number of pages||24|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|