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Saturday, March 24 • 9:00am - 11:00am
The Hood Comes First?

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Del F. Cowie, “Hardly Home, But Always Reppin’: The evolution of
Toronto’s Hip-Hop Sound”

Jason Lee Oakes,“’Who’s That? Brooown!’: Das Racist and the Queens Connection in International Hip Hop”

Justin D Burton, “Trillin in Harlem: The Unmistakable Crunkness of New York’s A$AP Rocky”

J. Griffith Rollefson, “’Ghettos du Monde’: Sounding the Ghetto from Paris to Berlin”

Moderator: Jalylah Burrell


Jalylah Burrell

Jalylah Burrell is a PhD student at Yale University in the departments of American Studies and African American Studies. She researches black women and humor. As a journalist and blogger, she contributed to Vibe, Fader, the Village Voice and the Portland Mercury among other publications. She has also worked as an oral historian beginning with the Spelman Independent Scholars (SIS) and continuing at the national oral history project StoryCorps.

Justin D Burton

Justin Burton is a lecturer in music history at Rider, Rutgers, and Montclair State Universities. He specializes in posthuman hybridity in popular music, especially as it relates to black identity construction. Justin currently serves as the web editor for IASPM-US.   Abstract: | | "Trillin in Harlem: The Unmistakable Crunkness of New York's A$AP Rocky" In mid-2011, the internet, as it sometimes does, blew up—this time with buzz... Read More →

Del F. Cowie

Del F. Cowie is a music journalist and online editor based in Toronto, Canada. He has been a member of the Polaris Music Prize jury since its 2006 inception, serving on its grand jury in 2010. He has written for CBC Music, AV Club Toronto, Vibe and XXL. He is currently an assistant editor at Canadian monthly music magazine Exclaim!   Abstract: | | "Hardly Home, But Always Reppin': The Evolution of Toronto's Hip-hop Sound" | To many... Read More →

Jason Lee Oakes

Jason Lee Oakes received his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Columbia University in 2005. He has since taught classes at Columbia, John Jay College, Marymount Manhattan College, and, since 2008, the Cooper Union. His work on musical reenactments, tributes, impersonators, and karaoke has been published in several academic anthologies and journals.   Abstract: | | "'Who's That? Brooown!': Das Racist and the Queens Connection in... Read More →

J. Griffith Rollefson

J. Griff Rollefson is ACLS New Faculty Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at UC Berkeley where he teaches courses on global hip hop, jazz, and African American music. He has published in Black Music Research Journal, Popular Music and Society, Native Tongues: An African Hip-Hop Reader, and elsewhere.   Abstract: | | "'Ghettos du Monde': Sounding the Ghetto from Paris to Berlin" Drawing on recorded music and media as well as... Read More →

Saturday March 24, 2012 9:00am - 11:00am
NYU’s Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life (KC) 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012