Hip–hop is in trouble. Critics say commercialization, oppression, and false stereotypes have eroded the community–based art form. The locally inspired, politically charged medium now focuses mainly on glorified violence and sexuality. What is the future and value of the art form? Guest Professor Tricia Rose is a world leader on Hip–hop culture. Her latest book, “The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop — and Why it Matters,” calls on the Hip–hop Community to reincarnate its progressive and creative heart.
Also, The Seattle/NW Hip–Hop Leadership Conference is tomorrow, Saturday, at Seattle Central Community College from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. The event is free and open to the public and features workshops and discussions about hip–hop and community.