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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2023-24

MUS 18.03 Verzuz: A History of Black Popular Music

During the Covid-19 pandemic, superproducers Swizz Beatz and Timbaland created “Verzuz,” an event that matches artists with their contemporaries as they trade songs back and forth for nostalgia, competition, and celebration. In this class, we will use Verzuz battles to study Black popular music beginning in the mid 20th century. Drawing on music and materials pertaining to broader social and cultural contexts, we will analyze Black popular music from a sonic and cultural perspective.



Cross Listed Courses

AAAS 39.07

Degree Requirement Attributes

Dist:ART; WCult:CI

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