Hip Hop culture has changed the world! Our quest towards Hip Hop cultural discovery will begin on the continent of Africa and walk the same steps of our ancestors as it has been expressed in Black music. In this course will cover the history of Black music, religion and resistance in America, the history of Hip Hop, the cultural, sociological, musicological and religious manifestations in Hip Hop as well as the views and understandings of Hip Hop artists and critics. It is hoped that this class will contribute to the growing research and discussion already taking place in and around many institutions of higher learning throughout the world.
By the end of this course students will:
Demonstrate a critical understanding of the history of the development of African music in the American context
Demonstrate a critical and informed understanding of how and why African American music has evolved
Demonstrate an understanding of the mutual connected influence of art, culture, politics, religion, history and economics
Understand and be able to critically examine the connectedness of African artistic expression in the American context and its infusion into Global society
Demonstrate an ability to conduct academic research using qualitative methods
Have insight into the history of the music industry
A clear-eyed academic and artist, rooted in the history and culture of the Africana world. He is a provocative thinker with a wealth of worldly experience and knowledge in the cultural expressions and experiences of African people in divergent temporal and spatial contexts.