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Blowin' Up: Rap Dreams in South Central

Blowin' Up: Rap Dreams in South Central
1 Devonshire Place, Munk School of Global Affairs, Campbell Conference Facility
Time: Dec 1st, 4:00 pm End: Dec 1st, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Urban, Sociology (FAS), Music, Faculty of , Ethnography, Drama, Theatre, Performance Studies (FAS), Comparative Literature (FAS), Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC), Anthropology (UTSC), Anthropology (UTM), Anthropology (FAS), 2000-
Book Launch

The Department of Sociology and the Department of Criminology present

F. Ross Johnson/Connaught Distinguished Speaker Series

Book Launch: Blowin' Up: Rap Dreams in South Central

Please join us for a talk and book launch of Prof. Lee's new publication, Blowin' Up: Rap Dreams in South Central (University of Chicago Press, 2016).

Dr. Dre. Snoop Dogg. Ice Cube. Some of the biggest stars in hip hop made their careers in Los Angeles. Today, there is a new generation of young, mostly black, men busting out rhymes and hoping to one day find themselves "blowin' up"-getting signed to a record label and becoming famous. Many of these aspiring rappers get their start in Leimart Park, home to the legendary hip hop open-mic workshop Project Blowed. In Blowin' Up, Jooyoung Lee takes us deep inside Project Blowed and the surrounding music industry, offering an unparalleled look at hip hop in the making. While most books on rap are written from the perspective of listeners and the market, Blowin' Up looks specifically at the creative side of rappers. As Lee shows, learning how to rap involves a great deal of discipline, and it takes practice to acquire the necessary skills to put on a good show. Along For the men at Project Blowed, hip hop offers a creative alternative to the gang lifestyle, substituting verbal competition for physical violence, and provides an outlet for setting goals and working toward them. Engagingly descriptive and chock-full of entertaining personalities and real-life vignettes, Blowin' Up not only delivers a behind-the-scenes view of the underground world of hip hop, but also makes a strong case for supporting the creative aspirations of young, urban, black men, who are often growing up in the shadow of gang violence and dead-end jobs.

Jooyoung Lee is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto. He is also a Senior Fellow in the Yale University Urban Ethnography Project, and was formerly a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently the Centre for the Study of the United States' 2016-17 Bissell-Heyd Research Associate.

There will be a reception following the talk to welcome the 2016-17 CSUS Bissell-Heyd Lecturer Alexandra Rahr, and our two CSUS Bissell-Heyd Research Associates, Profs. Sara Hughes and Jooyoung Lee. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

This event is free and open to all. Registration is required. For further information, please contact Stella Kyriakakis


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