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date: 27 October 2021

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This chapter provides an analysis of Prince Paul’s album Psychoanalysis: What Is It? in the context of Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytic process and focuses on three key tenets of that process—free association, transference, and drives. It explores not only a satirical therapeutic process in Paul’s album but also a commentary on and critique of the psychoanalytic process itself—a judgment on the effectiveness of a therapeutic treatment, particularly in regard to race. It frames Psychoanalysis within the context of several of Paul’s subsequent albums and the work of other hip hop artists. In doing so, it builds on previous categorizations of rap topics and style and proposes a new genre, therapy rap.

Keywords: Prince Paul, psychoanalysis, race, gender, sociological critique, therapy rap

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