University of Houston Libraries: New Online Exhibit Features DJ Screw Recordings

University of Houston Libraries: New Online Exhibit Features DJ Screw Recordings. “From Coast to Coast: A Tour of DJ Screw’s Record Collection was created by Jenna Goodrich as part of a Research for Aspiring Coogs in the Humanities (REACH) project…. Goodrich, who is interested in archival and librarian work, selected items from the archives of UH Libraries Special Collections’ Houston Hip Hop Research Collection, particularly from the DJ Screw Sound Recordings comprising over 1600 of the artist’s personal albums and singles.” DJ Screw created a hip hop music genre called “chopped and screwed.” You can read more about it with a list of recommended songs here.

Mashable: Virtual rapper FN Meka underscores how AI perpetuates racial stereotyping

Mashable: Virtual rapper FN Meka underscores how AI perpetuates racial stereotyping. “On Aug. 12, AI-powered rapper FN Meka signed a record deal with Capitol Records, becoming the first digital artist to sign with a major label. Eleven days later, the deal was terminated amidst calls that the character promoted ‘gross stereotypes’ of Black culture, as reported by the New York Times.” There are so many great rappers out there who don’t get enough recommendation. Why make a fake one?

Her Take: Talking With North Carolina Hip-Hop Blogger Nancia Odom (Indy Week)

Indy Week: Her Take: Talking With North Carolina Hip-Hop Blogger Nancia Odom. “It has now been a year since this hip-hop column debuted. I have enjoyed every minute of my experience documenting hip-hop in the Triangle area, but I am not the first to do so…. Highpoint native Nancia Odom, a registered nurse by trade who now leads teams in support of clinical software, launched [her blog] in 2008. The blog made her one of the first people to document hip-hop in North Carolina, and the site is still active.”

AdWeek: Adobe Launches a Striking Digital Collection That Celebrates Black Roller Skating Culture

AdWeek: Adobe Launches a Striking Digital Collection That Celebrates Black Roller Skating Culture. “…while the sport found a new audience (and some viral love on TikTok), roller-skating has deep roots in Black culture, with skating rinks serving as venues for desegregation protests in the ‘60s and hip-hop concerts in the ‘80s. Adobe and Emmy, Grammy and Tony-award winning actress and singer Cynthia Erivo are highlighting that connection with ‘Stories on Skates,’ a series of six digital animations created using the software company’s 3D tools.

Inside Higher Ed: Colleges and Universities Need More Rappers

Inside Higher Ed: Colleges and Universities Need More Rappers. “The fact is that, although learning another language was not a requirement for my program, it would be useful to require a class on critical composing or listening practices like Writing Rap, The Black Voice or Composing Mixtapes, which I currently teach at the University of Virginia. If more students were exposed to the critical practices that rappers utilize, I know from experience it would foster a more thoroughly engaged student body that is equipped to think through pressing conversations about race, identity, culture, class, art, aesthetics and so on.”

University of New Orleans: Literature Professor Jacinta Saffold Uses Digital Humanities Projects To Explore Black Peoples’ Influence on Pop Culture

University of New Orleans: Literature Professor Jacinta Saffold Uses Digital Humanities Projects To Explore Black Peoples’ Influence on Pop Culture. “When the coronavirus pandemic forced courses to be delivered online, University of New Orleans African American literature professor Jacinta Saffold created a research project aimed at keeping her students engaged while also conducting original research…. The result was a digital humanities dataset called, ‘The Hype Williams Effect Project,’ a literary compilation that helps document Black people’s influence on contemporary popular culture via the expansive career of hip hop music video director Harold ‘Hype’ Williams.” Professor Saffold is also working on ‘The Essence Book Project’ digital archive.

Teaching Anatomy & Physiology on YouTube: Mrs. Reid, the Science G

I was searching YouTube when I came across a channel called Mrs. Reid, the Science G. From her About page: “Me and my sisters would remix songs when we were younger (waaay before YouTube), so it’s safe to say, I have had years of practice on how to create songs. As a science educator, I get to blend my two loves: music and education and I’m so EXCITED to share this journey with you!!!” I don’t know any of the music she’s redone because I’m old, but I did enjoy a remixed Cardi B called BODY PARTS AND BODY REGIONS; her music tends to focus on Anatomy & Physiology topics. She also has some A&P lectures available. Really good and recommended.

AFP: Cuban hip hop group shoots to world fame via social media

AFP: Cuban hip hop group shoots to world fame via social media. “With no other platform on which to ply their trade, 16-member Cuban dance troupe Datway (a play on That Way) have taken to Facebook and Instagram to display their unique brand of hip hop moves, blended with more traditional, home-grown styles. It has launched them to international fame, even catching the eye of Daddy Yankee, dubbed the King of Reggaeton — a Latin American music style that borrows heavily from hip hop and rap.”

Complex: A Guide to the Rap Social Media Universe

Complex: A Guide to the Rap Social Media Universe. “The internet has its corners for everyone, and we put together a guide to highlight some of the most notable communities. This isn’t a completely uniform roundup, because some platforms are actual DSPs whereas others offer mixed media experiences, but the guide shows how different communities, and different rap subgenres, have their ideal digital spaces.” How can you mention rap Twitter and not mention Ice T (@FINALLEVEL) or Missy Elliott ( @MissyElliott )?

TechCrunch: Facebook launches BARS, a TikTok-like app for creating and sharing raps

TechCrunch: Facebook launches BARS, a TikTok-like app for creating and sharing raps. “Facebook’s internal R&D group, NPE Team, is today launching its next experimental app, called BARS. The app makes it possible for rappers to create and share their raps using professionally created beats, and is the NPE Team’s second launch in the music space following its recent public debut of music video app Collab.”

Introducing theKEEPER: A Digital Archive of Womxn in Hip Hop (Brown University)

Brown University: Introducing theKEEPER: A Digital Archive of Womxn in Hip Hop. “Brown University Postdoctoral Fellow Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo (aka SAMMUS) has been working on theKEEPER: A Digital Archive of Womxn in Hip Hop this summer as part of a team of artists, scholars, and activists led by Akua Naru, a performing artist who was also an artist-in-residence through Brown University’s Center for the Study of Race and Enthinicty in America in Fall 2019.”

Cornell Chronicle: Paniccioli’s vast hip-hop photo archive launches online

Cornell Chronicle: Paniccioli’s vast hip-hop photo archive launches online. “Missy Elliott and Li’l Kim dressed up as anime characters, resting between takes on the set of the ‘Sock It 2 Me’ music video. Biz Markie bouncing off his chair in a dressing room of the Apollo Theater. Doug E. Fresh blowing out candles on his birthday cake that’s decorated to look like a vinyl record, as Sean ‘Puff Daddy’ Combs peers over his shoulder. These and nearly 20,000 similar images can now be viewed online as Cornell University Library launches the Ernie Paniccioli Photo Archive, a digital collection chronicling hip-hop music and culture from the 1980s to the early 2000s.”