Sunday, December 12, 2004

Critical Essay 2: "Confessional Autobiography: Ushering in old theories in new guises" INTRO

To tackle Usher’s recent album Confessions as a hip-hop album may seem to some wrong. To such people, I make no apologia here. I have stated that trying to define ‘hip-hop’ is like trying to define, in literary terms ‘tragedy’ or ‘comedy’, or in musical terms, ‘rock n’ roll’ or ‘jazz’: simply put, attempts to define what is genre with positive criteria end only in describing only the genre is not. The borders of a territory as expansive as hip-hop are necessarily ill-defined, unmapped and un-policeable. Usher’s work certainly bears the hallmark style, sound and slang of hip-hop, even if it is mostly sung, and that’s enough for me.

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