February 16-17, 2019
Keynote Speaker: Prince Paul (Paul Huston) of De La Soul
In honor of black history month and in celebration of the 30th anniversary of De La Soul’s groundbreaking album 3 Feet High and Rising, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music – with support from the the IU Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies – will present an interdisciplinary conference, entitled “Hip-Hop in the Golden Age.” Record producer and recording artist Prince Paul (Paul Huston) has been announced as the keynote speaker.
Hip-hop’s golden age (ca. 1988–95) was a time of unprecedented creativity. Having crossed over into mainstream culture but not yet bound by the restrictions of major labels, rappers and producers explored seemingly limitless avenues of beat production, flow, and lyrical topics. This conference will explore any and all aspects of the golden age of hip-hop, including the historical circumstances that gave rise to it, and its impact on later artists: thus, paper presentations need not deal explicitly with hip-hop produced during that time. We envision this as an interdisciplinary conference, and welcome proposals from scholars in a variety of different disciplines, including those outside music.
To register, please click here. Cost is $25 per person; $10 for ALL IU students - use the JSOMSTU promo code (valid student ID will be required at registration).
PLEASE NOTE that the keynote address by Paul Huston at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 16, in Ford Hall is FREE and open to the public.
Bloomington, IN is served by Indianapolis International Airport (IND).
GO Express Travel (1-800-589-6004) offers shuttle service from the Ground Transportation Area to the conference hotel (details below). Reservations can be booked online.
The Hilton Garden Inn Bloomington is offering groups rates for conference attendees. The special rate will be available until February 1st or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first!
|Group Name:||Hip Hip in the Golden Age Conference|
|Hotel Name:||Hilton Garden Inn Bloomington|
|Hotel Address:||245 North College Ave|
|Bloomington, Indiana 47403|
|Special Room Rates:|
|1 KING BED||rates from 134.00 USD/Night|
|2 QUEEN BEDS||rates from 134.00 USD/Night|
To download the full program, with abstracts and presenter bios, please click here.
All talks and events will be streamed live at IU MusicLIVE!
All events will take place in Ford Hall on the second floor of the Simon Music Center:
200 S Jordan Ave
Bloomington, IN 47405
See IU Campus Map for help
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16
Session 1: Thinking about the Golden Age
Fernando Orejuela (Indiana University), chair
Murray Forman (Northeastern University), “The Golden (Age) Cudgel: Hip-Hop Nostalgia and Generational Dissonance”
Kevin Whitman (Case Western Reserve University), “’Whose World is This?’ Destabilizing the Golden Age in Hip-Hop Studies”
Mikal Amin Lee (Brooklyn, NY: Fresh Roots Music/Cyphers for Justice/BAM), “Sankofa Sounds: The Golden Age That We Are Destined to Repeat”
Session 2: Hip-Hop and its Words
Jaritt Sheel (Berklee College of Music), chair
Stephen Gomez-Peck (Graduate Center, City University of New York), “’Money Flow’: Triplet Flow and its Antecedents in the Golden Age of Hip-Hop”
Robert Komaniecki (Appalachian State University), “Skillful Syllables: An Introduction to Speed Rap”
James Bungert (Rocky Mountain College), “Verses Versus Choruses in N.W.A’s “Fuck tha Police”: An Alternative Formal Paradigm for Golden Age Hip-Hop”
Poster Saad Mukhtar (Purdue University), “Fading Memories: Archiving and Annotating Underground VHS Tapes in Breaking Culture”
Panel discussion on the state of hip-hop studies: Kyle Adams, Amy Coddington, Jerritt Sheel
Session 3: Hip-Hop and its Music
Walton Muyumba (Indiana University), chair
Claire McLeish (McGill University), “’All Samples Cleared’: Hip-Hop Sampling Aesthetics and the Legacy of Grand Upright v. Warner”
Jason Dunn (Elon University), “How Parliament Funkadelic’s Lyricism and Musicality Made Their Mark on Hip-Hop”
Fabian Berthelot (Université de Montréal), “Reusing of Western Art Music through Sampling: Analysis and Hypothesis”
Keynote address: Paul Huston
7:00–8:30 PM | FREE and open to the public
During the keynote, we invite online participants to send questions via Twitter and Facebook using the #iugoldenagehiphop hashtag.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17
Session 4: Hip-Hop and Place
Alison Martin (Indiana University), chair
Grant Knox (University of Arizona), “He’s Got Next: Implications of Common’s Foundations for Hip-Hop Music in Chicago”
Alena Aniskiewicz (University of Michigan), “Getting to the Roots: Performing Genre and National Credibility in Polish Hip-Hop”
John Dankwa (Wesleyan University), “Indigenizing Hip-Hop in a West African Country: The Story of Hiplife Music in Ghana”
Session 5: Explorations
Amy Coddington (Amherst College), chair
James McNally (University of Bristol), “Skitting, Splicing, and Signifyin(g): ‘Divine Play’ in KMD’s Mr. Hood”
Ike Minton (University of California, Santa Cruz), “Miles Davis and The House of Doo-Bop: Black Again for the First Time”
Samuel Dwinell (Indiana University), “When was Hip-Hop Queer?”
Prof. Kyle Adams (music theory), Indiana University
Prof. Amy Coddington (musicology), Amherst University
Prof. Jarritt Sheel (music education), Berklee College
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