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For Wednesday, 12/15

Prep

Zoom Session

  1. Attendance
  2. Q&A: What’s new about the new wave of women MCs?
  3. Story Maps Small Group Sessions
  4. Reading Notes for Next Time

For Next Time

  • Finish Story Map Revisions

For Monday, 12/13

Prep

Zoom Session

  1. Attendance
  2. Q&A: C&S
  3. Review: Story Maps Group Final Projects 
  4. Reading Notes for Next Time

For Next Time

For Wednesday, 12/8

Prep

Zoom Session

  1. Attendance
  2. TBA
  3. Reading Notes for Next Time

For Next Time

For Monday, 12/6

Prep

We didn’t really get to talk much about Miller’s chapter last time, so let’s review some key points;  we’ll also take time to talk about final projects in small-group settings.

  • Review Matt Miller, ‘Rap’s Dirty South: From Subculture to Pop Culture’, in Forman and Neal (2012)

Zoom Session

  1. Attendance
  2. Q&A: ‘What you really know ’bout the Dirty South?’
  3. Story Maps: Small Group Sessions
  4. Reading Notes for Next Time

For Next Time

For Wednesday, 12/1

Prep

  • Matt Miller, ‘Rap’s Dirty South: From Subculture to Pop Culture’, in Forman and Neal (2012)

Zoom Session

  1. Attendance
  2. Notes on Story Maps
    1. Choose ONE artist, event, or song.
    2. Map locations more specific than, say, Atlanta, GA; or Compton, CA.
    3. What makes your thesis interesting?
      1. ‘Interestingness’ à la Murray S. Davis
      2. The Method of Creative Agreement
      3. The Method of Creative Disagreement
  3. Q&A: The Dirty South as Imagined Community
  4. Reading Notes for Next Time

For Next Time

  • Jesse McCarthy, ‘Notes on Trap’n+1 (Fall 2018). A world where everything is always dripping. Note: This is quite a heady and ‘literary’ take on the genre, written in a somewhat paratactic style (that is, the author’s propositions appear to exist ‘side by side’, as it were, since the order in which they’re arranged doesn’t seem to be determined by the unfolding of a unifying argument). This is more of a reading to puzzle over, pick through, and maybe find some nuggets of insight — I know I’ve said that 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. keywords: motivated signifying (#3); neoliberalism (#8).
  • Video: ‘How the triplet flow took over rap’, Vox (15 September 2017)

For Monday, 11/29

Prep

  • Davarian Baldwin, ‘Black Empires, White Desires: The Spatial Politics of Identity in the Age of Hip-Hop’, in Forman and Neal (2012). keywords: afrocentricism; commodification; conspicuous consumption (pp. 231 [on the ‘promise’ of a politics of consumption], 239, ); culture industry (p. 231 [as a putative ‘site for black institution-building and contestation’]); gangsta rap; Ghettocentric turn, the; ‘ghettocentricity’; Moynihan Report; ‘nation-conscious’ rap; Native Tongues collective; nihilism

Zoom Session

  1. Attendance
  2. Notes on Story Maps
    1. Choose ONE artist, event, or song.
    2. Map locations more specific than, say, Atlanta, GA; or Compton, CA.
  3. Q&A: Black Empires, White Desires
  4. Reading Notes for Next Time

For Next Time

  • Matt Miller, ‘Rap’s Dirty South: From Subculture to Pop Culture’, in Forman and Neal (2012)

For Wednesday, 11/24

Prep

No new reading for Wednesday (unfortunately). Instead, we’ll continue talking about how to refine and more narrowly focus our research questions (with reference to Davis 1971 and Irvin 2010). 

Zoom Session 

  1. Attendance
  2. Major Topics Going Forward
    1. Spaces & Places
    2. Hip-Hop’s Urban Geography: Atlanta
    3. Hip-Hop’s Urban Geography: Houston
    4. Hip-Hop’s Urban Geography: Chicago
    5. A Female Rap Renaissance?
    6. Technology, Technique, and Technē (τέχνη)
  3. Review: Research Questions and Theses
    1. Discussion: What is an answerable research question?
    2. Discussion: What is an interesting thesis?
      1. Example: The Compton Group’s Thesis
  4. Story Maps Group Sessions
  5. Reading Notes for Next Time

For Next Time

  • Review Murray Forman, ‘Represent: `Race, Space, and Place in Rap Music’, in Forman and Neal (2012). keywords: Black Atlantic, the (2012:257); commodification; conspicuous consumption; cult of authenticity; dialectic (between production styles and local listening practices, pp. 255-57); Gangsta Rap; Message Rap (pp. 257-58); organic intellectual.

For Monday, 11/22

Prep

Hi, this is a slight variation from what I announced on Wednesday–sorry about the late notice. I’ve been dealing with Jamaican bureaucracy the last few days. I’ll be in Kingston, JA, for a few days for my mother’s 80th birthday, and I’m still unsure that I’ll have the technical support I need in order for us to meet on Zoom. I am crossing my fingers that this will be possible on Wednesday. If so, we will follow up on your work during the previous days (I’m also hoping to spend a good deal of time on further small-group discussions). 

We won’t have a Zoom session tomorrow, but I would like each of you to use our class time to meet with your group. I will itemise the things I’d like from you all below.

Asynchronous Work

  1. Create a Slack Channel for your Story Maps group. Add me as a member of this channel. I’ve urged you to do this before, but now I’m making it mandatory. This way, you always have a channel of communication to me as a group.
  2. On this channel, post the research question you all came up with as a group for your proposal outlines.
  3. Submit a brief post as a group (you can task one person to speak for the group in this matter) explaining how you’ve revised this question in the subsequent period of time (that is, following your own further discussions as well as my (ongoing) grading feedback.
  4. Your discussion of the refinements you’ve made to your research question should make specific reference to the advice to be found in either the the Davis or the Irvin readings listed above.

For Next Time (Live and Direct from Jamdown)

There won’t be any new reading for Wednesday (unfortunately). Instead, we’ll continue talking about how to refine and more narrowly focus our research questions (with reference to Davis 1971 and Irvin 2010). 

For Wednesday, 11/17

Prep

  • Murray Forman, ‘Represent: `Race, Space, and Place in Rap Music’, in Forman and Neal (2012). keywords: Black Atlantic, the (2012:257); commodification; conspicuous consumption; cult of authenticity; dialectic (between production styles and local listening practices, pp. 255-57); g-funk; Gangsta Rap; Message Rap (pp. 257-58); organic intellectual.

Zoom Session

  1. Attendance
  2. Return of the Noz (Slight Reprise)
  3. Q&A: TBA
  4. Reading Notes for Next Time

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). keywords: afrocentrism; commodification; conspicuous consumption (pp. 231 [on the ‘promise’ of a politics of consumption], 239); culture industry (p. 231 [as a putative ‘site for black institution-building and contestation’]); gangsta rap; Ghettocentric turn, the; ‘ghettocentricity’; Moynihan Report; ‘nation-conscious’ rap; Native Tongues collective; nihilism.