Spring 2017: This semester for my History of Rock and Roll class, I will be analyzing sub-genres of modern day hip-hop. Below you will find my required 10 weeks of content as well as supporting articles I have written to coincide with certain research. Unless otherwise stated, all articles are my own opinion.

weekly postings

//   Week 1: Formal Proposal
//   Week 2: The Holy Trinity
//   Week 3: The Brat Pack
//   Week 4: From Delta Blues to 8 Mile

//   Week 5: Chosen week with no content
//   Week 6: Categorizing Artists
//   Week 7: Do you know this rapper?
//   Week 8: 60 Seconds with the Mic
//   Week 9: Social Awareness
//   Week 10: Poppin’ Bottles and Flashing Diamonds
//   Week 11: Lyricism is Dead.

supporting content

//   Guests in the House of Hip Hop
//   Hip Hop Evolution (Netflix)
//   Hip Hop in Architecture 
//   Polygraph: Vocabulary in Hip Hop
//   MTV’s A Condensed History of White Rappers
//   Kendrick Lamar visits Mr. Mooney’s Class
//   Mr. Bonner’s Class on Ellen
//   A$AP Rocky: RBMA Festival New York 2015 Lecture, Culture in Hip Hop (Clothing brands, etc.)
//  Logic’s AfricAryaN – an album dedicated to the human race
//  Lyricism is DEAD. An interview with Boosie Badazz

J. Cole’s “Fire Squad” Lyrics [excerpt]:
History repeats itself and that’s just how it goes
Same way that these rappers always bite each others flows
Same thing that my nigga Elvis did with Rock n Roll
Justin Timberlake, Eminem and then Macklemore
While silly niggas argue over who gon’ snatch the crown
Look around, my nigga, white people have snatched the sound
This year I’ll prolly go to the awards dappered down
Watch Iggy win a Grammy as I try to crack a smile
I’m just playin’, but all good jokes contain true shit
Same rope you climb up on, they’ll hang you with
But not Jermaine, my aim too sick
I bang nigga, I came to bring the pain my brain too quick
You see how I maneuver this game, I ain’t stupid
I recognize that life is a dream, and I dream lucid
And break the chains and change minds
One verse at a time, and claim 2-6
And fuck it, if the shoe fits, who’s the king?


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