Two Corpus-Based Approaches to Rap Flow

Authors

  • Jacob J Gran Louisiana State University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18061/emr.v11i2.5332

Keywords:

rap, rap music, corpus, corpus studies, flow

Abstract

This commentary compares and contrasts the two articles within this issue that describe a corpus-based approach to rap music (Condit-Schultz, 2016; Ohriner 2016). Beyond their technical differences, these studies mutually converge on the concept of "flow" as a window into the technical problems of analyzing rap music, and the results of the two studies complement one another. The comparison of these essays allows a unique insight into the methodological alternatives available within corpus-based research. I also attempt to briefly contextualize these essays within the history of the field, and to outline what I believe their significance to be as contributions to the musicology of rap music.

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Published

2017-01-10