The Anti-Informer and Anti-Snitch Discourses in Dancehall and Rap Songs

31 Pages Posted: 28 Dec 2013

Date Written: December 26, 2013

Abstract

Some Jamaican dancehall DJs and American rappers hang out with gangs and perform at their parties and have committed violent crimes. These artistes also exhort violence in their songs against the traitors in their communities whom they call informers and snitches. The goal of this article is to gain insights into the anti-informer and anti-snitch discourses in dancehall and rap songs respectively, because there is a lack of research in this area. The question I seek to answer is: how do dancehall and rap songs talk about the informer and the snitch respectively? I start with an outline of discourse theory which is followed by a review of some published works on dancehall and rap songs. Next, I use discourse theory to discuss the lyrics of selected dancehall and rap songs that talk about informers and snitches respectively.

Suggested Citation

Charles, Christopher, The Anti-Informer and Anti-Snitch Discourses in Dancehall and Rap Songs (December 26, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2372209 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2372209

Christopher Charles (Contact Author)

University of the West Indies ( email )

Kingston
Kingston 7
Mona, Mona Kingston 7
Jamaica

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