Date of Award

Spring 4-29-2016

Document Type

Honors Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

Hanna, Stephen

Second Advisor

Gallagher, Jacqueline

Major or Concentration



This paper is based on the notion that sound is just as valuable a methodology as sight when interpreting a place. Building on a three-part theoretical framework of text, sound, and performance, I conduct a discourse analysis of selected songs by Kendrick Lamar and N.W.A. to interpret the landscape of Compton, California, determining what social discourses each artist is reinforcing/resisting, and the ways in which those discourses structure perceptions of the city.

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Geography Commons