Classroom Cypher Course description

‘Classroom cypher gathers learners to allow for multiple forms of simultaneous participation.’

Hip hop is more than rap music. Hip Hop culture is worldwide, it is rich and poor, black and white, gay and straight, males and females, religious and atheists, citizens and immigrants as well as young and old.

Description: The course aim is to motivate, inspire and energize a generation. True hip hop mobilizes and brings together. It is a series of workshops that use the culture of the past to shape the future. Each session is divided into chapters, looking at the origins and rise of hip hop as an artistic form and global cultural phenomenon. We will examine the sociopolitical conditions that first led to the emergence of Hip-Hop in the 1980s as well as the ways it gets taken up today. We will look at it in the context of its existence as an outlet of expression for marginalized people.

Hip-hop has become a formidable global cultural phenomenon. In going global, hip-hop has taken the angst, hope, social and political conditions of life in the inner cities to the global stage. It has become an anti-establishment culture, spawning its own special mode of communication, dress styles, and fostering a culture of resistance to institutional dominance, class exploitation, and middle-class values. This course will study the development, history, communication style, dance form, moral framework, and processes of globalization. It begins by asking what is hip-hop and key moments of this life form, we will examine the myriad dimensions of this culture, through its music, lyrics, spoken word poetry, music videos, dance styles, and political messages.