Hip Hop

Photo of a man break dancing.

A break dancer does a backflip in front of a crowd in Harvard Square. (Photo courtesy of Daniel Bersak. Used with permission.)

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MIT Course Number

21M.775

As Taught In

Fall 2007

Level

Undergraduate

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Course Description

This class explores the political and aesthetic foundations of hip hop. Students trace the musical, corporeal, visual, spoken word, and literary manifestations of hip hop over its 30 year presence in the American cultural imagery. Students also investigate specific black cultural practices that have given rise to its various idioms. Students create material culture related to each thematic section of the course. Scheduled work in performance studio helps students understand how hip hop is created and assessed.

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DeFrantz, Thomas. 21M.775 Hip Hop, Fall 2007. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/music-and-theater-arts/21m-775-hip-hop-fall-2007 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


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