Identity Effects of Female Rap Artists

April 7, 2021   /  

Student Name: Kobe Matesic
Major: Communication Studies
Advisors: Melissa Rizzo Weller, Michelle Johnson

This study aimed to understand the relationship and influence between certain identity traits of fans (college students) and Female Rap Artists. Various concepts involving participants enjoyment/engagement with rap in general, female rappers, lyrics, music videos and identity trait importance were measured. Some of these concepts include approval of sexual identity performance by female rap artists, social identity and racial identity. Along with these identity factors that were assessed, a few demographic questions such as class year and ethnicity were considered. Participants were asked to fill out an anonymous electronic survey. Results showed that those who are fans and listen to female rap artists have an increase in their approval of sexual identity performance by female rap artists. A few demographic questions yielded a significant difference in regards to racial pride in individuals. These results indicate that listening to female rap artists can have an effect on fans identity traits. It is important to understand and acknowledge that not every fan will share the same importance to certain identity traits, as well as not every fan will engage with female rap artists the same way . This study aims to contribute to the literature that proposes that rap music and artists can have an effect on the way fans develop their identities.

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Kobe will be online to field comments on April 16: Noon-2 pm EDT (PST 9am-11am, Africa/Europe: early evening)

14 thoughts on “Identity Effects of Female Rap Artists”

  1. I love this topic for you Kobe! Thank you for sharing your interests and findings! Congratulations!

    1. Thank you so much Lauren, I had a lot of fun working on this so I’m happy to share it. Also it’s awesome to hear from you and I hope you’ve been blessed.

      1. I cannot complain good sir 🙂 Hope you too are blessed and Congratulations again on a job well done!

  2. Did your survey ask questions about any particular artists? I’m curious if there would be different responses from fans of different artists.

    1. Yes it did actually. In my survey I asked questions about Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, Lizzo and Doja Cat in order to gauge fan levels and familiarity with these artists among participants. I also asked separate questions about how much fans like them as an artist as opposed to how much they like them as an individual.

  3. Congratulations on your fascinating research, Kobe! So great to see you advancing our understanding of music in these ways. As someone who is an outsider to this discourse, I am curious to know more about what you mean about “sexual identity performance.” Are you referring to the ways that the female rappers express sexual identity in videos? In their songs? In their interviews?

    1. I really appreciate it Dr. Freeze and yes you pretty much nailed it. When I’m looking at “sexual identity performance” I’m referring how these artists display themselves both on and off the stage as well as through their lyrics, social media’s and other media forms. This is because a lot of times the way these artists may display/perform their sexual identity on stage may be completely drastic from their off stage lives.

  4. Congratulations again, Kobe! So happy to have watched this work evolve all year. You have worked hard so celebrate your success.

    1. Thank you so much Dr. Weller none of it would have been possible without you! Also thank you so much for stopping by it means a lot.

  5. Congratulations, Kobe! I’m glad that you got to complete this project on a topic that you are clearly passionate about.

    1. Thank you so much Dr. Bostdorff, I really miss you and hope you’ve been well and it definitely was a lot of fun working on this project.

      1. I’ve missed you, too, Kobe. Will you be coming to graduation? I’d love to see you.

        1. Yes I believe I should be attending graduation so I look forward to seeing you there.

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