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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 21M.775 (Fall 2007) 
  • Course Title:
  • Hip Hop 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Music and Theater Arts 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Thomas DeFrantz 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 21M.775 Hip Hop

    Fall 2007

    Course Highlights

    21M.775 Hip Hop

    Fall 2007

    A break dancer does a backflip in front of a crowd in Harvard Square.
    A break dancer does a backflip in front of a crowd in Harvard Square. (Photo courtesy of Daniel Bersak.)

    Course Description

    This class explores the political and aesthetic foundations of hip hop. Students trace the musical, corporeal, visual, spoken word, and literary manifestations of hip hop over its 30 year presence in the American cultural imagery. Students also investigate specific black cultural practices that have given rise to its various idioms. Students create material culture related to each thematic section of the course. Scheduled work in performance studio helps students understand how hip hop is created and assessed.

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    Thomas DeFrantz, course materials for 21M.775 Hip Hop, Fall 2007. MIT OpenCourseWare (, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Downloaded on [DD Month YYYY].


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