In this paper, an Aboriginal rapper and settler-Australian Indigenous Studies lecturer collaborate to provide an overview of the Aboriginal Australian Hip Hop scene. We contextualize the development of Aboriginal Hip Hop as part of a long postcolonial tradition of Aboriginal engagement with Black transnationalism. By analysing rap lyrics, Hip Hop videos, and related commentary, we demonstrate the ways in which Aboriginal hip hoppers have adapted elements of Hip Hop culture to suit their own cultures, histories, and structural position as a colonized minority under the rule of a modern settler-colonial state. We conclude by considering Aboriginal engagement with Hip Hop culture as part of the ongoing development of Aboriginal cultures in an era of globalization.
Clapham, Rhyan and Kelly, Benjamin
"“I Got the Mics On, My People Speak”: On the Rise of Aboriginal Australian Hip Hop,"
Journal of Hip Hop Studies: Vol. 6
, Article 18.
Available at: https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/jhhs/vol6/iss2/18