The course will provide a historical and socio-political context for this urban folk form birthed 40 years ago in the South Bronx. Readings, video, and audio materials will enhance lectures on the origins of rap, graffiti art, beat boxing, b-boying, and turntablism. Our primary focus, however, is exploring hip hop’s performance and literary aesthetics in our own writing. Students will create original hip hop inspired pieces based around the themes and ideas discussed throughout the block. Selected student work of merit will be shared in a final public performance. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2017-18).
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