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For Monday, 4/19

Prep

  • Andrew Nosnitsky, ‘Gray Matters’Pitchfork (4 March 2013). On the legacy of Houston’s DJ Screw– possibly the most influential hip-hop DJ of this century– and how his impact goes way beyond simply slowing things down.
  • Audio: NTS Radio DJ Screw Special (2015). Silly me — I should have been assigning a mixtape every week! I’m really looking forward to this one.

Asynchronous Work

  1. I really recommend that each group create a Slack channel and add me to it; we need to start talking about y’all’s final projects in earnest.

For Next Time

For Wednesday, 4/14

Prep

  • Jesse McCarthy, ‘Notes on Trap’n+1 (Fall 2018). This is quite a heady and ‘literary’ take on the genre, written in a somewhat paratactic (roughly: ‘scattershot’) style. This is more of a reading to puzzle over, pick through, and maybe find some nuggets of insight — this could be said about a number of our recent texts, but it’s really true of this one. I think this is a good one to look at right now because you can read it in little bits and pieces, and maybe it’ll spark an idea for your final project. Here’s the link to my annotations on Hypothesis.

Zoom Session

  1. Midterms: Slight Return
  2. Q&A: Notes on Trap
  3. A Note on Final Projects: Beyond Rap Music

For Next Time

  • Andrew Nosnitsky, ‘Gray Matters’, Pitchfork (4 March 2013). On the legacy of Houston’s DJ Screw– possibly the most influential hip-hop DJ of this century– and how his impact goes way beyond simply slowing things down.

For Monday, 4/12

Prep

  • Matt Miller, ‘Rap’s Dirty South: From Subculture to Pop Culture’, in Forman and Neal (2012)
Asynchronous Work
  1. I’ve started going through the midterms to make sure they’ve been submitted correctly; but since you only submitted the link to your document itself, rather than the document itself, you can continue to revise it up until the moment I begin to grade it. I encourage you to do so.

For Next Time

For Monday, 4/5

Prep

  • Murray Forman, ‘Represent: `Race, Space, and Place in Rap Music’, in Forman and Neal (2012)

Asynchronous Work

  1. TBA

For Next Time

  • Davarian Baldwin, ‘Black Empires, White Desires: The Spatial Politics of Identity in the Age of Hip-Hop’, in Forman and Neal (2012)

For Wednesday, 3/24

Prep

Zoom Session

  1. Q&A: Authenticity and Assimilation
  2. Q&A: Race, Rap, and Cultural Appropriation
  3. Review: Story Maps
  4. Review: Midterm (Story Maps Proposal Outline)

For Next Time

NOTE: SPRING BREAK BEGINS 27 MARCH. THE NEXT OFFICIAL DAY OF CLASS WILL BE MONDAY, 5 APRIL.

  • Murray Forman, ‘Represent: `Race, Space, and Place in Rap Music’, in Forman and Neal (2012)

For Monday, 3/22

Prep

  • Kembrew McLeod, ‘Authenticity Within Hip-Hop and Other Cultures Threatened With Assimilation’, in Forman and Neal (2012)

Asynchronous Work

  1. You should be in regular contact with your group members as you begin to think about what your research question might be, and which hip-hop artists, tracks, and events you wish to write about.

For Next Time

You should of course have the reader by now, but if there’s any kind of issue, you can probably access the electronic version linked above through the campus library website.

For Wednesday, 3/17

Prep

  • Paul Gilroy, ‘It’s a Family Affair’, in Neal and Forman (2012). On ‘authenticity’ and the black diaspora. keywords: afrocentricity, Afrocentrism; authenticity (2012:95); black nationalism; creolisation (p. 97); διασπορά (diaspora); essentialism (see, e.g., p. 95); ethics of antiphony; familialisation of politics, the; ‘hood, the (vs. the ghetto, p. 95); nationalism; race as family; trope

Zoom Session

  1. Reminder: Semester Goals HW
  2. Review: Story Maps Proposal Outline, Story Maps
  3. Review: Bringing It (Back) to the Cipher
  4. Keywords: authenticity; creolisation; διασπορά (diaspora)
  5. Conclusion: What’s Interesting

For Next Time

  • Kembrew McLeod, ‘Authenticity Within Hip-Hop and Other Cultures Threatened With Assimilation’, in Forman and Neal (2012)

For Monday, 3/15

Prep

Asynchronous Work

  1. You should be in regular contact with your group members as you begin to think about what your research question might be, and which hip-hop artists, tracks, and events you wish to write about.

For Next Time

  • Paul Gilroy, ‘It’s a Family Affair’, in Neal and Forman (2012). On ‘authenticity’ and the black diaspora. keywords: afrocentricity, Afrocentrism; authenticity (2012:95); black nationalism; creolisation (p. 97); διασπορά (diaspora); essentialism (see, e.g., p. 95); ethics of antiphony; familialisation of politics, the; ‘hood, the (vs. the ghetto, p. 95); nationalism; race as family; trope

For Wednesday, 3/10

Prep

Zoom Session

  1. Overview
  2. Keywords: Signifyin’
  3. Q&A

For Next Time

  • Murray S. Davis, ‘That’s Interesting! Towards a Phenomenology of Sociology and a Sociology of Phenomenology’, Philosophy of the Social Sciences (1971)
  • Paul Gilroy, ‘It’s a Family Affair’, in Neal and Forman (2012). On ‘authenticity’ and the black diaspora. keywords: afrocentricity, Afrocentrism; authenticity (2012:95); black nationalism; creolisation (p. 97); διασπορά (diaspora); essentialism (see, e.g., p. 95); ethics of antiphony; familialisation of politics, the; ‘hood, the  (vs. the ghetto, p. 95); nationalism; race as family; trope