February 2, 2017 - Bowin' Up: Hip Hop as an Alternative to the Gang Lifestyle

Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017

Location: Fagin Hall Room 118


Jooyoung Lee is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Bissell-Heyd Fellow in the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. He was previously a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. Jooyoung Lee is the author of Blowin' Up: Rap Dreams in South Central (March 2016, University of Chicago Press). In this urban ethnography, Lee highlights how hip hop can offer a creative alternative to the gang lifestyle, substituting verbal competition for physical violence, and provides an outlet for setting goals and working toward them. Dr. Dre. Snoop Dogg. Ice Cube. Some of the biggest stars in hip hop made their careers in Los Angeles. And today there is a new generation of young, mostly black, men busting out rhymes and hoping to one day find themselves “blowin’ up”—getting signed to a record label and becoming famous. Many of these aspiring rappers get their start in Leimart Park, home to the legendary hip hop open-mic workshop Project Blowed. In Blowin’ Up, Jooyoung Lee takes us deep inside Project Blowed and the surrounding music industry, offering an unparalleled look at hip hop in the making. We are thrilled to partner with the Penn Injury Science Center (PISC) to have Jooyoung Lee back in Philadelphia for this! You can find more information about Jooyoung Lee and his book on his website.

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