Lisa Sunmonu

My dissertation is on Homoeroticism in Gangsta Rap. Essentially I carried out a queer reading of Gangsta rap music and culture. The period between the early 90s and 2000 is my main focal point as this period is considered the period which the genre received commercial success. Queer reading here is referring to the subverting of the norm, in this case the gender norms of the genre. Gangsta Rap as a genre is extremely masculine and heterosexual, so by conducting a queer reading the aim is to locate any queer moments that could exist in such a masculine and homophobic genre. My research was divided into five chapters which all critically evaluated different elements of Gangsta rap music, genre and visual iconographies. The subsequent aim was to be able to critically evaluate this genre and to use everything that makes it masculine and heterosexual to queer it.