Biography, Identity and Narrative in New Zealand Rap Songs


  • Kirsten Zemke-White




hip-hop lyrics, autobiographical songs


In her essay on New Zealand hip-hop, Zemke-White focuses on the content of hip-hop lyrics as a way of showing biography, whether real or fictional. She elucidates themes inherent in New Zealand hip-hop that show clear tropes important to the localisation of a US and now global phenomenon.


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How to Cite

Zemke-White, K. (2015). ‘THIS IS MY LIFE’: Biography, Identity and Narrative in New Zealand Rap Songs. Perfect Beat, 8(3), 31-51. https://doi.org/10.1558/prbt.v8i3.28699