My PhD dissertation focuses on how hip-hop artists in Toronto acquire skill and develop a unique performance identity. Rather than provide a sweeping, definitive description of processes, my research focuses on individual stories to discover what artists at various stages of their careers learn within Toronto’s hip-hop cultural communities.
The following is a feed from my research website. For the most part, it’s an archive of links I have found informative. On occasion, I post musings on research and academia. To view the full website, click here:
- Northside Hip-Hop ArchiveLooking for some hip-hop history resources? http://www.nshharchive.ca/resources/nshha-curriculum/history-lesson-arc-resources/
- “How Toronto Became Hip-Hop’s Multicultural Nerve Center”Canadian Music Week: How Toronto Became Hip-Hop’s Multicultural Nerve Center
- Legendary Turnstylez CrewPodcast and brief write-up available at http://djbillcool.com/ep-21-dj-grouch/
- from Audre Lorde
- Style“But invisibility was its own kid of reward; it meant you had to answer to no one except the others who shared your condition. It meant you became obsessed with showing and proving, distinguishing yourself and your originality above the crowd. It put you on a relentless quest to prove to them that you were […]
- A Canadian Resourcehttp://www.rhymestoreeducation.com/ is the website related to a book published by Ramon San Vicente. Glad to see a Toronto-published book.
- Hip-hop for Early ChildhoodI found this post about the use of hip-hop in early childhood education. May come in handy for curriculum ideas. https://www.naeyc.org/resources/pubs/tyc/dec2017/teaching-and-learning-hip-hop-culture
- The Gate is Closed“According to Frantz Fanon (1967), bourgeois subjects in newly independent, postcolonial nations remained colonized psychologically because they aspired to “whiteness,” notwithstanding the fact that they would never become white (Rosabal-Coto, 2016).” 1 This reminds me so much of Allsup’s quotation of Kafka in which ‘the gate was made for you,’ and so entry was never possible in the […]
- WeavingAs I work on re-storying my research participants’ stories, the mess of narrative research is tangible. It really feels like I hold these fragments of paper in my hands. They’re crumpled, gloppy, fresh and crisp, depending on the fragment I pick up. Threads of a life peek out between the stitches of the interview fabric. […]
- Cypher Ed