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    On the Content and Contribution of MCs in British Drum 'n' Bass


    Fraser, Alistair (2014) On the Content and Contribution of MCs in British Drum 'n' Bass. Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture, 16 (2). pp. 42-60. ISSN 1947-540

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    Abstract

    Drum 'n' bass music has received some attention from academics but the contributions of MCs who perform onstage alongside DJs in live events and broadcasts needs further consideration. In response, and using MC lyrics, secondary interviews and Tweets, this article is a "critical celebration" of what MCs bring to British drum 'n' bass. The critique concerns the content of what MCs say, some of which I argue undermines the cultural and economic potential of the music. The celebration explores what MCs bring to drum 'n' bass, particularly practices that I suggest should be viewed as community services. I therefore argue that MCs are community workers, providing, leading, building and networking in ways that help generate solidarity, reciprocity, and alliances within and across an overlapping and diverse world of drum 'n' bass.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: drum ā€˜nā€™ bass music; MCs; cooperation; electronic dance music;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Item ID: 12153
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.12801/1947-5403.2014.06.02.03
    Depositing User: Alistair Fraser
    Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2020 17:01
    Journal or Publication Title: Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture
    Publisher: Dancecult
    Refereed: Yes
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