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    MU228 – Hip Hop—Un(Rap)ped

    Hip Hop is one of the most galvanizing forms of popular music from the 20th century, and its impact on culture, politics, and race is tremendous. We will explore the history and sound of Hip Hop—from its inception to its global contemporary musical dominance—using the analytical paradigms of gender, race, sexuality, and class.

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    Instructor(s)

    Stephanie Doktor email

    Hip Hop is one of the most galvanizing forms of popular music to come out of the twentieth century, and its impact on popular culture, politics, and race in America cannot be overstated. But what are the most influential rap songs? This class will enable you to discover your own unique answers to this question. Using critic Shea Serrano’s The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song from Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed, we will use individual songs as an avenue for exploring the social and cultural history of this revolutionary music genre. We will analyze this history through the analytical paradigms of gender, race, and class. By the end of the course, you will develop a deep understanding of the development of this genre and create your own playlist of the most important rap songs. 1 unit - Doktor, Carson