OVERVIEW OF THE HIP-HOP STUDIES DEPARTMENT AT MCNALLY SMITH COLLEGE OF MUSIC
The Hip-Hop Studies diploma program, the first of its kind in the country, was introduced at McNally Smith in 2009. Diploma candidates immerse themselves in hip-hop culture, technology, and business for three semesters. Students get closer to their goal through hands on experience and critique from industry professionals. Performance, production, language, music theory, history, and business are all included in the diploma program’s curriculum. The Hip-hop Studies department also offers a minor, available to students pursuing Bachelor degrees in any area.
The Hip-Hop Studies faculty includes program coordinator Toki Wright (Rhymesayers Entertainment), both members of Mexican-American production and rap duo Big Quarters, legendary DJ and producer Freddy Fresh, and Sean McPherson, co-founder and bassist of Twin Cities hip-hop group Heiruspecs. Members of the Hip-Hop Studies faculty have worked with Fatboy Slim, Stankonia Studios, Dilated Peoples, Atmosphere and other national and local hip-hop artists.
- Language of Rap and Spoken Word
- Diaspora of African Music
- Hip-Hop Music Production
- Deejay or Emcee Techniques
- Hip-Hop Culture’s Impact on Society
If you are interested in the Hip-Hop Studies program, please download the Hip-Hop Audition Requirements.