2018 NASSS Annual Conference
Sport Soundtrack: Sport, Music, & Culture
Friday, November 2 • 11:00am - 12:15pm
Black Athletes, Rap/Hip-Hop, & Identity Development

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The Black Athletes, Rap/Hip-Hop, and Identity Development session is calling all research/papers that examine the interconnectedness between the rap music industry, sports, Black Athletes, and identity development. There is a deep connection historically between the Black community and rap/hip-hop music. Within that relationship is a tight tether to Black athletes. Whether listening to the music for leisure or game time, the references between music and sports are almost inseparable. In the words of Canadian artist Drake in his song, Thank Me Now, "I swear sports and music are so synonymous, Cause we want to be them, and they want to be us." This rings true especially in the social media age, where both professional athletes and musicians are constantly captured together. Thereby, this session serves to unpack the complex relationship, positive/problematic nature of, and influence of rap/hip-hop on the development of various identities of Black athletes at all levels.


Brandon Crooms

University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Louis Harrison

University of Texas at Austin
Christian Hip-Hop Speaks Out: Intersection of Race, Sport, and ChristianityHistorically, the “Black Church” has been a strong voice for social justice in the United States and a catalyst for social change during the Civil Rights Movement.  Black Christian leaders known for their... Read More →

Graeme Metcalf

Ryerson University
Basketball, Hip-Hop and Popular CultureThis paper examines the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the relationship between basketball and hip-hop as forming a dominant popular culture in North America. In particular, the NBA is examined as an increasingly globalized social... Read More →

P. Khalil Saucier

Senior Fellow, Bucknell University
Cycles and Ciphers: Tastes and Aesthetics of Black CyclistsThis paper explores the interstitial space between hip-hop, blackness, and cycling.  It engages with the ways in which black cyclists negotiate their racial identity within a predominately white sport (and field of leisure... Read More →
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Brandon Wallace

University of Maryland
The history of the athletic sneaker is rife with manufactured symbolism (Miner, 2009). In efforts to constitute a consumer market, the sneaker industry has long exemplified post-Fordism’s tendency to mobilize the subjectivities of “Otherness” for commercial purposes. This has... Read More →


Alvin Logan

University of Washington

Friday November 2, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm PDT

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