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American negativity and rap/metal in the age of supercapitalism
Author: Scott Wilson

The seductive force of American supercapitalism unlocks new markets, unleashing the energy of desire, and provides a destructive version of Satan's rage. At the vanguard of this seduction has been the youthful rage and rebellion of the devil's music, American rock 'n' roll and its multiple related subgenres. This book looks at the most pervasive forms of American popular music in the post-cold-war period. Gangsta rap exploits and informs the consumption of luxury brands. The 'mom and pop rage' of the nu metal bands self-consciously exposes itself as the violent expression, the excess of the implacable banal excess, and of shopping-mall consumerism. The book explores the negativity and the 'niggativity' of American rap/metal in the 1990s in relation to a number of key events in the decade such as the Rodney King riots and the Columbine High School massacre. On the face of it, the gangsta 'nigga' is an unlikely point of identification for suburban white culture. But the phenomenon of the 'wigga' (white, wanna-be-nigga) and the success of companies like Nike testify to the fascination that such a figure holds. Rage Against the Machine (also known as Rage or RATM) do not normally have problems with machines, indeed their music and living depend upon them. Rather, the 'machine' is for Rage another word for the new world order of global capitalism. Death metal groups such as Morbid Angel and Deicide aim to outdo the others in its singular relation to death, shock and outrage.

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Scott Wilson

spite of this, however, Chuck D has been fairly unequivocal in his criticism of gangsta’s apparent political ambivalence and negativity. The term ‘niggativity’, indeed, which would seem a highly appropriate term to describe the attitude of NWA, was actually coined by Chuck D himself on his solo album the Autobiography of Mistah Chuck (1996). On this album, the ambivalence of niggativity is directly addressed and clear lines are drawn between progressive and non-progressive forms of African-American negativity. Chuck D backs up his progressive politics with an

in Great Satan’s rage
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Scott Wilson

informed American politics throughout the same period that is both echoed and contested by the featured rap/metal artists. While the book is subdivided into eleven chapters, they can be clustered into the following broad sections. Supercapitalism It is the system of supercapitalism that is the immanent economic modality of an unmatched superpower, what Jacques Chirac called the hyperpuissance of America, that provides both the focus and the context for this book on American negativity and rap/metal. In supercapitalism, economy is an expression of war just as war is a

in Great Satan’s rage
K. Healan Gaston

its simple insistence on non-establishment, could never do. 35 Post-secularism and the church-state question McClay is hardly alone in equating the onset of post-secularity with the ouster of a ‘positive secularism’ – one that he believes contradicted the experience and institutions of the United States – and the restoration of a healthy, quintessentially Americannegative secularism’ that allows all religions to flourish and ensures their equal status in the public eye. Post-secularism, in this vein

in Post-everything
Piero Garofalo, Elizabeth Leake, and Dana Renga

Stoking the outrage, Nitti’s American publisher, the future Mr Amelia Earhart, George Putnam, claimed to have received, on Fascist letterhead no less, death threats should he proceed with the book’s release. Even though it was a promotional ruse, this publicity stunt reinforced Anglo-​Americansnegative perceptions of both Mussolini and confino.7 Ultimately, such unwelcome scrutiny of the government’s detention practices contributed to the Ministry of the Interior’s decision to shutter the political colony after six years of operation.8 Closure was not immediate

in Internal exile in Fascist Italy
Arantza Gomez Arana

with third countries Figure 4.2  Spain and Portugal’s EU membership: ‘top-down’ in relation to trade 98 The EU’s policy towards Mercosur three applicant states still levy duties on them, and these will be abolished’ (Von der Groeben 1979: 90). Cocoa and coffee are very important products for Latin America in terms of trade. This change affected Latin America negatively due to the lack of protection these products were given compared with the ACP countries; this is one of the few third world areas that was not protected and one where Spanish products would partly

in The European Union's policy towards Mercosur: