This course offers an introduction to the development of rap music and hip-hop culture, with emphasis on musical and verbal qualities, philosophical and political ideologies, gender representation, and influences on cinema and popular culture.
Lucas Avidan is a Ph.D. student in UCLA’s Department of Ethnomusicology. Since 2014, he has been researching Tanzanian hip hop and popular music, generally referred to as bongo flava. His research explores cultural transmission in bongo flava, and how this genre negotiates a mixture of foreign and local aesthetic influences. He is currently the managing editor for “Sounding Board,” the online portion of UCLA’s Ethnomusicology Review, and a book reviews editor for UCLA’s African Studies journal, Ufahamu. In addition, he plays trombone in the school’s Charles Mingus Ensemble.