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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2023-24

MUS 18.02 Hip-Hop in the United States

This course is an introduction to hip-hop music and culture, intended to offer interdisciplinary perspectives on what is one of the most popular genres in the United States. From its humble origins in New York to now, hip-hop and rap music have changed the sonic landscape of the US and the world. We will examine rap music and hip-hop culture as artistic and sociological phenomena with emphasis on historical, cultural, economic and political contexts.  Discussions will include the coexistence of various hip-hop styles, their appropriation by the music industry, and controversies resulting from the exploitation of hip-hop music and culture as a commodity for national and global consumption.



Cross Listed Courses

AAAS 39.06

Degree Requirement Attributes

Dist:ART; WCult:CI

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