Special Topics: Hip-Hop Culture

Fall 2018 will be featuring an intriguing new special topic course for AFAM 298: Hip-Hop Culture. The course, slated to be taught by Dr. Vernon Andrews, Ph.D., will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30-1:45, so make sure to save that slot when enrollment comes around!


Hip-Hop Culture has undergone many changes and challenges since the late 1970's and the introduction of “Rapper’s Delight.” The course will explore the early beginnings of Hip-Hop Culture via Tricia Rose’s critically acclaimed book, Black Noise

The class will then move to the most controversial figure in the history of Hip-Hop, Tupac Shakur. Together, the class will explore themes of misogyny, homophobia, gang affiliation, gun violence, drugs, police brutality and social activism. Michael Eric Dyson’s book, Holler if You Hear Me, will be central to the second half of the course.