MUSI 3401: Hip Hop in the Music Industry
Lecture - 4 credits
- Focuses on black popular music as art, activism, and commodity from the post–Civil Rights era to today.
- Studies the immediate musical, historical, cultural, and industry-based precedents for rap music, which emerged in opposition to the music industry—and many other institutions that perpetuated the inequalities against which early hip-hop artists were protesting.
- The contemporary moment provides a unique opportunity for refocusing on the origins of hip-hop and black protest music as they relate to the industry's embrace and commodification of certain aspects of hip-hop culture.
- Explores the dynamic tensions between rap music as aesthetic object, countercultural expression, social commentary, and industry commodity, engaging with current expressions of all of these in the Boston area.
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