Date of Award

Spring 5-6-2012

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


African-American Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Sarita K. Davis

Second Advisor

Dr. Lakeyta Bonnette

Third Advisor

Dr. Jonathon Gayles


The purpose of this study is to explore how conscious rap is used as a form of activism. Interviews of conscious rappers based in Atlanta, GA were used to understand this relationship. In order to complete this investigation, ten unsigned conscious rappers were given a series of questions to explore their involvement as activist; some of these artist were also recruited based on affiliations with political organizations based in Atlanta, GA. By gathering interviews from conscious rappers who consider their music as a form of activism, scholars of African American Studies may further understand the role of music and political activism when mobilizing the African American and minority communities.