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AbstractThis article examines the manner by which clipping.’s 2016 album Splendor & Misery—a conceptual hip-hop space opera—freely enlists and reclaims texts from the African cultural tradition in order to manifest its Afrofuturist agenda. A countercultural movement characterised by a dynamic understanding of the narrative authority held by texts, Afrofuturism rewrites African culture in a speculative vein, granting African and Afrodiasporic peoples a culturally empowered means of writing their own future. The process by which Afrofuturism reclaims and rewrites culture is paralleled within Splendor & Misery through the literary device of mise en abyme; just as the album itself does, its central protagonist rewrites narratives of African cultures and traditions in an act of counterculture.
CitationHay, J. (2022). Afrofuturism in clipping.’s Splendor & Misery. In R. Christopher (Ed.) Boogie down predictions: Hip-Hop, time and Afrofuturism. Strange Attractor Press.
PublisherStrange Attractor Press
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