04 Feb, 2014

The Real Hip Hop


Associate Professor Adam Bradley, English

Drawing upon sound, image, and video, this class will offer a backstage pass to hip hop and its many connections to our contemporary culture. Even if you cannot tell the difference between Kanye West and Lil Wayne, you’ll find new ways of understanding why hip hop should matter to you—and why it matters to millions around the globe.

Beyond the controversy, beyond the confrontation, the real hip hop is founded upon a set of positive values: community, inclusivity, and innovation. This session will offer an insider’s view of hip hop beyond the beat.

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Adam Bradley is an associate professor of English and the director of the Laboratory for Race & Popular Culture at the University of

Colorado, Boulder. He is the author or editor of five books, including The Anthology of Rap,Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop, and the New York Times bestselling memoir of the rapper and actor Common, One Day It’ll All Make Sense. Professor Bradley earned his bachelor’s degree from Lewis & Clark College and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Harvard University.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 1-4 pmLocation: Benson Earth Sciences – Room 180
2200 Colorado Ave
Boulder, CO 80309 (map)
Parking: $4 all-day parking is available in the parking lot directly WEST of Benson Earth Sciences. Please note that the lot east of Benson is metered parking. Free parking is located in lots 436 and 494 near Colorado Ave & Regent Drive. (map)

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