Hiphopography aims at centering hip-hop participants’ perspectives as grounded in experience and expertise. Placing the engagement with hip-hop participants at the heart of its methodology, hiphopography acknowledges and includes participants’ agencies, reflexive capacities, and active theorizations on their own hip-hop practices and involvements in hip-hop cultural worlds as central to the production of knowledge on hip-hop. Hiphopography offers ethical, and socially justice-oriented ways to engage in the knowledge and power relationship. Taking my research with Los Angeles hip-hop communities and the 2022 class “Rap, Race, and Reality” taught by Chuck D of Public Enemy at UCLA as examples, this talk considers the possibility for the co-production of hip-hop knowledges in academia. Further, it explores how the extension of hiphopography to the university teaching environment can impact music studies and assert a commitment to epistemic decolonization.

Samuel Lamontagne is a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow with the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies and the Department of History at UCLA.
His research focuses on hip-hop and electronic dance music in Los Angeles, and in the African diaspora more generally.

Organized by the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music and co-sponsored by Ethnomusicology Forum.

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  • Matt Perko
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