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The Deadly Art of Survival
Hip Hop and the Politics of Identity
Invisibility and removalfrom the mainstream structure it tampered with was a necessity for theauthenticity and social rebellion of hip-hop. This mentality in its style andculture echoes Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man (1952). The story's unnamedprotagonist attempts to establish his self-identity in a nation dominated bymen who do not "see" or "hear" him. To be invisiblemeans to be construed by others as a collection of general stereotypes ratherthan an actual, individual person. When people of the dominant society think ofthe narrator, states he, "they see only my surroundings, themselves, orfigments of their imagination-indeed, everything except me".