This program will be offered online!

This program has been converted to an online course: MUSIC 2370 Planet Rap: Where Hip Hop Came From and Where It's Going.

Featuring the same faculty and rigorous Cornell education as the on-campus version, this three-credit course will run July 13–31, 2020.

To enroll, review the course description, read about online courses and follow the registration steps.

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What can hip hop can teach us about our world?

Since hip hop first emerged in the South Bronx nearly half a century ago, it has grown into a global movement. Fans around the world not only consume hip hop, they also create their own, adapting hip hop music, texts, dance, and visual culture to local realities.

In this program, you'll explore hip hop's roots in the cultural expression of marginalized African American and Latinx youth in the postindustrial urban United States.

Drawing on scholarship, musical recordings, documentary films, music videos, interviews, and poetry, you'll trace hip hop's relationship to contemporary U.S. popular culture.

You’ll visit Cornell’s famed Hip Hop Collection, hear from guest speakers including Senegalese rapper ResKp, and study artists from the U.S. like Public Enemy, Yaasin Bey, Jay Z, Queen Latifah, Kendrick Lamar, and Nicki Minaj alongside mainstream and underground artists from six continents.

As you follow hip hop's routes around the globe, you'll discover how diverse practitioners mobilize its beats, rhymes, and visual culture to address experiences of oppression and displacement, celebrate life, and agitate for social justice.