[BCM 320] Ethnography for your Ear-Holes!

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Bloom Blap! My car speakers reverberated, Triple J blasting through the radio. My Subaru vibrated with the bass. Aggressive and over-the-top rap bars blared. As I continued my journey, the song would break down in a mixture of synths, echoes, vocal harmonies and percussion in one epic Hip-Hop medley.

I loved every second of it, surprised that I hadn’t yet heard the unknown song before, nor could I recognise the artist singing.

Tom Tilley, the radio host’s voice interrupted my thoughts, “That was a new track called ‘Kids’ by Rich Brian; you’re listening to Triple J!”

Rich Brian? I thought. No way! I was already familiar with the Indonesian-born rapper Rich Brian as I had listened to a lot of his earlier albums while I was still in High School. Back then, Brian’s style seemed to be directly influenced by American rap; or as Jones (2017) puts it, glamorising violence…

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