Chapter 14 Popular Music Activity

One of the key themes of Chapter 14 is the ways in which popular music of the period was influenced by artists and styles that fell outside the margins of white American culture. The idea of the “outsider” played an important role in connecting American audiences with what was both foreign, and at the same time exciting and novel.


Discussion Question

Based on the contrasting vocal styles of Camila Cabello and rapper Young Thug in the song “Havana,” describe how they are bringing together distinct yet related genres of popular music performance (Latin, Hip-hop, Rap, etc.). Include in your account how the lyrics serve to support this and certain stereotypes related to male/female romantic relationships in popular culture.