History of Hip-Hop

HIST279 (Liberal Arts) History of Hip-Hop 3 hrs. 3 crs. This course traces the creation and evolution of hip-hop from the early 1970s to the present. Specifically, it will chart the growth of a unique youth culture from the streets, parks, and playgrounds of America's most important city to streets, beaches, pubs, dance halls, and parks across the globe. The class will explore the transition of rap music from a counter-culture, to a subculture, to mainstream culture. Although the instructor will place much emphasis on rap music, the class also will examine the development of the myriad aspects of hip-hop culture, including graffiti writing, breakdancing (and its related forms such as "rockin" and "pop-lockin"), and fashion. Preq: ENG 125. This course is cross-listed with MUS 279. Not open to students with credit in MUS 279. This is a writing intensive course.