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:
- 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
- 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
- An oral history of hip-hop shows at the Concert HallLegendary Toronto promoter Ron Nelson, Michie Mee, Dream Warriors, Kardinal Offishall, DJ Mastermind and others on the 100-year-old venue’s enduring impact on Canadian hip-hop Source: An oral history of hip-hop shows at the Concert Hall
- Getting ready to write: On your mark, get set, where was I going…?I left work on Tuesday afternoon, once again, all amped with thoughts on narrative analysis. I got this! I think I know where I’m going. My mind was swirling with pieces of theory — Butler, Bhabha, Gates, epistemology as it relates to methodology — the puzzle felt closer to completion. Then, my child’s birthday and […]
- The Remix Projecthttp://www.cbc.ca/beta/arts/thecollective/the-collective-the-remix-project-1.3106418 Filipino beat makers and Indigenous rappers
- Hip-hop ed and the classroom
- NY Times article on white rappers