This paper analyzes how the Serbian rapper Marčelo and the Bosnian rappers Edo Maajka and Frenkie have – from their first steps in hip-hop culture – tried to build a common understanding of postwar sentiments and to diagnose newborn societies in the Balkans. It is argued that Balkan hip-hop is a form of cultural activism that mobilizes people for social change. These rappers have become postwar public intellectuals who aim to provoke social change and have contributed to how these societies have moved on after violent conflict.
PhD candidate in sociolinguistics at the Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies and the Aleksanteri Institute at the University of Helsinki. Her doctoral thesis concerns language, identity, and performance in Finnish and Serbian rap lyrics.