FOLK-F315 Latinx & Hip-Hop Culture


Fernando Orejuela
Course Description
This course begins to organize and debate Latinx participation, invention, intention, and appropriation of hip hop culture inside and outside of the United States. Latinx communities in the United States are diverse and it is important for us to explore the processes through which Latinx youth negotiate origin myths, migration, nationalism, identity, globalization, imitation, appropriation, and how they use art and music in their everyday lives to construct their role in this music scene. We will study the cultural manifestation of hip hop from a variety of perspectives: African America, the Diaspora, and the concepts of mestizaje and "triangulation of cultures" that compound many Latinx identities. The format for this course is split between lecture and round-table discussion of assigned readings. We will focus on issues related to hip hop & Latinidad and delve into the theoretical notions and application of "performance" as "informance." Most importantly, the course is not about music appreciation; rather we will investigate the ways Latinx youth create art, music and subcultures of hip hop.