The Costs of Success: Rap Music, Money, & Civics

Monday, November 16, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Event Location: 
Iowa City Public Library
Meeting Room A
Iowa City, IA 52240

From the moment that it appeared, rap music focused on money. Many commentators used this preoccupation to suggest a moral failing in the music. Touching on recordings from four decades, Michael Hill shows that while bling dominated mainstream perceptions of the art form, rappers themselves were conflicted about riches. He argues that rap’s varied portraits of cash constitute a meditation on civic options in post-civil rights era America. Hill will be in conversation with Andre Perry, Executive Director of The Englert Theatre and Co-Founder/Director of Mission Creek Festival.