NYTimes: Ke$ha is Changing the Face (and Sound) of Rap
– [Ke$ha] is rangy, with a model’s figure and a Sunset Strip attitude.
– “TiK ToK” is something of a milestone in contemporary pop: the complete and painless assimilation of the white female rapper into pop music… A burgeoning pop star who is primarily a singer, Ke$ha is nevertheless a pioneer.
– It’s all part of the continuing deracination of the act of rapping, which used to be inscribed as a specifically black act, but which has been appropriated so frequently and with such ease that it’s been, in some cases, re-racinated. The very existence of the casually rapping white girl reflects decreasingly stringent ideas about race and gender.
Check out Ke$ha‘s full feature at NYTimes.com!
Earlier this week, “TiK ToK” just hit #1 on the Billboard 100.
Ke$ha: Happy Holidays!