THEA 140 Hip Hop and the Text


We will study the origins of hip hop music as an African retention and a cultural response in African American culture and American society. We will examine the music and the performance of lyrics through the lens of race, class, and gender. We will explore the field through dance, video, music, television, film, and literary works. We will discuss the implications of appropriation, sexual politics, consumerism, and globalization of African American culture through hip hop culture. Lastly, we will discuss hip hop as a form of resistance to mainstream society. This class will culminate with a final performance showcase utilizing the themes and artists that we have explored in class. Please note that this class will incorporate dance every week and students are expected to participate in movement and will be required to dress appropriately.


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