ATLANTA, GA – January begins the Spring semester for colleges and universities, and a group of Georgia Tech students have a virtuous reason to start 2017 by turning in research papers about why they turn up to trap music.
Georgia Tech is now offering an undergraduate course titled “Exploring the Lyrics of Outkast and Trap Music to Explore Politics of Social Justice.” It began on January 13, and is a humanities elective and a requirement for students with a Social Justice minor.
The curriculum is built around the study of the sound of trap music as it was introduced by DJ Toomp and popularized by producers like Shawty Red, Metro Boomin, Mike WiLL Made-It and Zaytoven. Students enrolled in the course will research and analyze the metadata of soundscapes and social impact from artists including Goodie Mob, UGK, Eightball & MJG, T.I., Jeezy, 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, Future, Migos and 21 Savage, as well as highlighting the intergenerational tensions and discourse about Lil Yachty’s artistry. The class will also touch on legendary artists like 2Pac, The Notorious B.I.G., Kanye West, Nas, N.W.A, Public Enemy, Nicki Minaj, Lil Kim and Lauryn Hill.
The course’s professor is Dr. Joycelyn Wilson, an Atlanta native and Hip Hop scholar whose ethnographic studies extend from the Harvard Hip Hop Archive to Virginia Tech. Widely known for her renowned TEDx lecture “The Outkast Imagination,” Dr. Wilson is an Emmy award-nominated documentary film producer of Walking With Guns, and is featured in the VH1 documentary The Untold Story of Atlanta’s Rise In The Rap Game.
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