INSTRUCTOR: Trina Sanders
SCHEDULE: Online (Spring)
This course will deconstruct rap lyrics to uncover the multilayered/dynamic meanings to reframe the dominant narrative that this music genre is all about violence. We will examine hip hop in America, its historical, racial, and political journey, tracing this movement’s creation and evolution from the early 1970s and beyond. We will also uncover the social importance of developing the myriad aspects of hip hop culture, including fashion, music videos, breakdancing, beatboxing, emceeing, deejaying, and graffiti art.