AMCULT 203 - Periods in American Culture
Section: 101 Hip Hop is Dead
Term: SP 2008
Subject: American Culture (AMCULT)
Department: LSA American Culture
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“On my second marriage, hip hop’s my first wifey And for that we not takin’ it lightly If hip hop should die we die together Bodies in the morgue” - Nas

Hip-hop is dead! Nas’ controversial elegy of hip-hop’s death (2006) suggested ideas of who belonged to the “hip-hop nation” in spite of its existence in a global commodity form. From the Bronx to the top of the pop charts, as hip-hop music turns the big three-oh, multiple narratives about hip-hop culture, however, circulate on a global scale creating seemingly unlikely alliances (and also disjunctures) between social groups—real and imaginary—in an anti-establishment b-boy stance. These competing conceptions of what hip-hop is, where it comes from, who it belongs to and who belongs to it continuously mark a complex weaving of shifting assumptions about race, class, gender, power, authenticity, and (national) belonging in the late twentieth and early twenty first century.

Students will be asked to read narratives of hip hop culture intertexually and comparatively: attend live performances, analyze musical texts, watch films, and scholarship to critically situate hip-hop practices within global contexts, as well as exploring the prioritization of and strong affiliations with localities in hip-hop culture, or as hip-hop scholar Murray Forman terms “extreme locals.” This course will explore the myriad dimensions of hip-hop practice at the nexus of global politics, economics and histories. The course intends to critically engage how these processes of globalization impact its development as a local and global movement.

AMCULT 203 - Periods in American Culture
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101 (REC)
TuWTh 10:00AM - 12:00PM
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