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‘Scottish People Can’t Rap’: the local and the global in Scottish hip-hop

Hook, Dave



Hip-hop is a global culture, where local representation is a core tenet of its ideological framework. Therefore, it provides opportunities to observe how a global cultural structure is interpreted, realigned and expressed in local cultural forms. This article uses rap lyric analysis to consider the complex relationship between the local and global in relation to cultural articulation and authenticity. Through a study of the poetics of Scottish hip-hop, a series of patterns and connections appear relating to interpretation, negotiation and hybridisation of local and global culture, presenting a demonstration of how the local, global and individual intersect to ‘devise unique ways of communicating thoughts, emotions and everyday realities’ (Alim, 2003: 62).


Hook, D. (2021). ‘Scottish People Can’t Rap’: the local and the global in Scottish hip-hop. Popular Music, 40(1), 75-90.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 10, 2020
Online Publication Date Apr 1, 2021
Publication Date 2021
Deposit Date Apr 14, 2020
Publicly Available Date Apr 1, 2021
Journal Popular Music
Print ISSN 0261-1430
Electronic ISSN 1474-0095
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 40
Issue 1
Pages 75-90
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