Initially an U.S. black urban expressive culture, hip-hop has become a formidable global cultural phenomenon. In going global, hip-hop has taken the angst, hope, social and political conditions of life in the inner cities to the global stage. It has become an anti-establishment culture, spawning its own special mode of communication and dress styles, and fostering a culture of resistance to institutional dominance, class exploitation, and middle class values. This course will study the development, history, communication style, dance form, moral framework, and processes of globalization. It begins by asking what hip-hop is. Next, it outlines the relationship between rap, dub, and hip-hop, and determines who the key figures of this global movement are. In reconstructing the growth and key moments of this life form, we will examine the myriad dimensions of this culture, through its music, music videos, dance styles, and films.
College Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Colleges: Music & Dance, Boyer College.
Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.