Tuesday, April 17 at 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Collier House, Room 103
1170 East 13th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97403
As I reach the end of writing my dissertation and prepare to graduate, I'll give a lecture on my topic, entitled, "Something Real: Rap, Resistance, and the Music of the Soulquarians." Briefly, I argue that The Soulquarians, a loose collective of hip hop and R&B musicians who collaborated on various member projects in the years 1997-2002, sonically resisted contemporary trends in black music, proposing alternative understandings of the contemporary moment in the black musical tradition, and offering new ways for listeners to identify. Most important to my project is the study of the records themselves (their sound), which I contextualize using the artists' stated goals (from interviews and writings) and scholarship on black music, communities, and racial politics. There will be time afterward for Q&A. Please note: this is not my dissertation defense - that will be sometime at the end of May.