The Hiphop Archive & Research Institute
104 Mount Auburn St., Floor 3R, Cambridge, MA
This event is free and open to the public. A Q&A will follow the lecture.
Giuseppe “u.net” Pipitone is an independent scholar and an activist. He writes about Hip Hop culture and politics for Il Manifesto. His latest book is Stand for What! Race, Rap and Activism in the Trump Era. In English, he co-authored No Half Steppin' and penned the documentary Unstoppable.
How's Life in London?
How’s Life In London? is a research project which aims to explore how the globalization of rap music and Hiphop culture came to define the racial and class identity for black youth in the London in the 1980s. Hiphop culture arrived in Britain in the late 1970s, however, it soon established itself as a popular youth cultural movement in the shape of graffiti, b-boying and rap music. Although largely seen as an African American art form, a number of artists began to produce music negotiating several sources of diasporic culture — the UK, the Caribbean, and the US — developing a unique version of rap. By writing and performing rhymes, young blacks in Britain disseminated ideas that reflect the diasporic nature of the music’s elements and history while simultaneously representing the particularities of racial and class formation in multicultural London. The research project is documenting this period of intense creativity innovation through the voices of more than 30 pioneers of the early Hiphop scene.