Hip hop is the top musical export of the United States, while remaining one of the most contested art forms in this country. What do rap and hip hop as musical genres have to reveal about American society? What does hip hop culture reveal about the development of laws and the deployment of law enforcement in every day life? How do ethnomusicologists evaluate these musical genres? What are the essential elements of rap artistry?
Join your fellow undergraduates for pizza and discussion led by Alisha Lola Jones, assistant professor in the department of folklore and ethnomusicology and adjunct professor in the departments of African American and African diaspora studies and religious studies. Jones offers extensive insights on African-derived cultural products and practices across the globe. Her research interests and courses explore a range of topics including religious music in the African diaspora, music in movements for social change, music of the Afro-Pacific, global pop music, and masculinities and men's studies, among others.
Jones will speak briefly to her recent work and the field of ethnomusicology, and lead a discussion addressing the historical perspective and cultural influences of rap and hip hop, the social implications of consuming these musical genres, as well as the structural components of rap as an art form.