survey of rap and hip hop music – final paper

Length:         3-5 pages      or           750 words < your paper < 1250 words 

Read the interview between Angela Davis and Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson).

Davis and Jackson discuss many topics.

Please make sure to have at least three paragraphs in your essay addressing the following three topics. 

Assessing Content of the Article

1) In your opinion, summarize what you think the most important takeaways from this interview are. Use a musical example from class to help illustrate your assessment of what the main points are. Why do think these points are important takeaways? 

Re-Imagining Time and Place 

2) This interview took place in 1991, almost 30 years ago. Imagine if it were to take place right now in 2020. What questions and topics would you discuss? What if you took the perspective(s) of Angela Davis? Of Ice Cube? 

Personal Thoughts and Reflections 

3) Any other things about the article that you think are important, stand out to you, and are worth discussing. Use musical examples if and when appropriate. 

Please cite quotations from the interview, as well as any outside references to musical examples. Below are links to the Purdue Owl with how to cite various things in MLA style. You do not have to use MLA style. Use whichever citation documentation you are comfortable with (MLA, APA, Chicago, or something else), however, use it accordingly. (If you click on the links below then look to the outline on the left of the page, there are tabs for other citation styles).

Here is the Works Cited entry for the article in MLA style – 

                Cube, Ice, and Angela Y. Davis. “Nappy happy.” Transition 58 (1992): 174-192.

song playlists

Week 1 Playlists – 

YouTube Playlist 1

Spotify Playlist – Classic Funk Breaks

Spotify Playlist – Diggin’ in the Crates

Week 2 Playlists – 

Records of 1980

Records of 1981

Records of 1982

Records of 1983

Records of 1984 

Records of 1985

Records of 1986

Janet Jackson Control – 1986

Week 3 Playlists




Week 4 Playlists

1988 – Spotify

1989 – Spotify

1990 – Spotify

1991 – Spotify

1988 – YouTube

1989 – YouTube

1990 – YouTube (looks like this list has had a few deleted)

1991 – YouTube (same here)

Journal Week 5

1992 – Spotify Playlist

1993 – Spotify Playlist

1994 – Spotify Playlist

1992 – YouTube Playlist

1993  – YouTube Playlist

1994 – YouTube Playlist

Journal Week 6 

Spotify – Rap, Hip Hop, and Protest

Spotify 1995

YouTube 1995

YouTube 1996

YouTube 1997

More lists from week 7 – 

“Underground” – around 2000 – Spotify 

Queerness and Hip Hop around 2000 – Spotify 

Early Asian Representation in Hip Hop (mostly c. 2000) – Spotify

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