Academic Programs

Hip-Hop: Culture, Literature, and You

What is hip-hop culture, and how did it originate? How is hip-hop music related to literature and poetry? Where is your place in hip-hop? Since its recent beginning, hip-hop culture has increased in popularity in the U.S. and around the world. According to Nielsen Ratings 2017 report, hip-hop and R&B music combined to officially surpass rock & roll as the most consumed genre of music. The hip-hop genre connects especially with youth and adolescent audiences who engage with its many artists and its deep catalogue of literature. A young person today may encounter hip-hop’s influence as they interact with friends via video games, or share moments across social media and music streaming services.

This program will encourage students to interact with one another as they explore hip-hop culture from its pre-origins, through its birth in the 1970s and its growth through the decades. Students will investigate the genre and its connection to literature, entertainment, and social activism across these time periods. By the end of the course, students will have crafted their own hip-hop packets as a keepsake of the culture and as a mark of their intellectual curiosity and growth throughout the program.

The Instructor
Kyle Layne-Allen, a teacher of Classics at The Roxbury Latin School, is a dedicated student of hip-hop culture. As a former member of the podcast trio for “Do Your Homework,” he chronicled hip-hop records’ growth in the 1980s. As a creative writer across multiple genres (rap, poetry, and nonfiction), Kyle continues to learn about and practice hip-hop’s connection to education and to society at large.

For: Boys and Girls, ages 10-14

Weeks Available: July 8-July 26, 2019 (three-week commitment)

Time Available: 12:15-1:45 p.m. or 2-3:30 p.m.

Cost:$699 for three weeks