Dominique Duberry

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Department of Film and Creative Writing
Doctoral researcher

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

PhD title: Thug-life Britain: Hip-hop, a true reflection of urban reality or a glamorised lie?

SupervisorDr Luke Kennard & Dr Elsa Braekkan-Payne

PhD Creative Writing


Thug-life was defined by legendary hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur, as meaning ‘The unconventional lifestyle that one lives, where they succeed against all odds. Prevailing through the struggles that a life born into poverty would bring.’ I wish to explore and unpack his definition and bring new understanding to the term, ‘thug-life.’

My research will delve into how hip-hop music shapes the lives of people living in urban areas, within the United Kingdom. Is there an influence of this art and if so, how does it impact on our society?