The Department of Arts, Culture and Media and ICOG invites you to the third Music Matters XXI Concert and Lecture Series of 2018 on Friday April 20th.
At 16:00 we host Dr. Justin Williams (University of Bristol) in a guest lecture on the topic of
“ Brithop: Rap Music in the United Kingdom”
Place. Room 13.14.0014 (Onder de Bogen – Harmony Building)í
Free of admission – No registration required
Despite developing in multiple regions of the Anglophone world, punk rock music arguably has the strongest associations with (white) England and English popular music (e.g. Sex Pistols, The Clash), and its aesthetics have continued to pervade British popular music ever since. In a different generic realm, hip–hop aesthetics are rooted in African-American traditions, but have now spread globally to create regional variants, performing their locality and difference in diverse ways. This paper looks at recent UK hip–hop artists that use punk aesthetics to carve a unique space to critique class, race and Britishness post-Empire. Using examples from the Sleaford Mods and Lethal Bizzle, I seek to outline the intersection between hip–hop and punk aesth
Justin A. Williams is Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Bristol, UK. He is the author of Rhymin’ and Stealin’: Musical Borrowing in Hip- Hop (University of Michigan Press, 2013), editor of the Cambridge Companion to Hip- Hop (CUP, 2015), and co-editor (with Katherine Williams) of the Cambridge Companion to the Singer- Songwriter (CUP, 2016) and The Singer- Songwriter Handbook (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017). In 2017, he was awarded a Leadership Fellowship from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) for a project on Regional Rap in the United Kingdom.