PopCon 2020 - Black Youth, Social Hacking & Digital Clout: Chicago’s Drill Rap Scene In Retrospect (panel)
Many of those who read the Chicago Reader article have been asking me about my work on Chicago's Drill scene. Although I started this work as a research endeavor meant to speak primarily to academics about Hip-Hop culture and the ways in which its rap artists innovate with technological tools, the amount of non-researchers who have inquired about this work make me believe that it is so much bigger than that. However, it appears to me now that youth participation in Black technoculture is a thing in and of itself to be researched and that Drillers were just simply a case to lead me to this point. That said, I have decided to publish a small portion (attached below) of a work in progress and define a concept I have created called the "Clout Economy." In speaking about the Hip-Hop genius of Black youth and the unique arena for their digital practices, I believe this term will not only be necessary for my own work moving forward but could also serve as a guide for anyone seeking to give a label to things rooted in Black youth culture's marketplace of attention. Please keep in mind that it is a work in progress but feel free to cite this work in conversations or writings about the practices of Black cultural practices on social media. Feel free to contact me at email@example.com if you would like to share your thoughts about this definition and/or speak more about this idea offline. (Note: I will likely post more updates about this concept this as the idea becomes more refined.)
Chasing a PhD is no easy task. Trust me, I would know. Even so, I would argue that pursuing my music career at the same time is an even tougher endeavor and that is why I was honored to sit and talk with Leor Galil of the Chicago Reader about my journey as a Hip-Hop scholar in academia. Please find the article below for your reading pleasure.
This past Sunday, I was humbled to be given the opportunity to conduct a Live Q&A with one of my early mentors, Reverend Donald B. Register. Reverend Register, pastor of my home church (Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church in Chicago), was celebrating his 50th Anniversary as a minister. With his wife E. Dolores Register, he was feted with a gala reception at the church on December 8th, 2019. In addition to his ministry at Sixth Grace, Register served as a post-graduate urban intern and assistant pastor of Berea Presbyterian Church, a member of the North Side Team Ministry in St. Louis, Mo., and associate for Presbytery Mission for the Presbytery of Chicago. He has also served as a trustee and board member for a number of organizations and schools. He was formerly president of the Oak Park YMCA board and vice-president of the Racial Justice Now Foundation. Below is a audio link of the interview, for those interested. Salute to Reverend Register!
Please find my first ever peer-reviewed publication, "“Deeper than Rap”: Cultivating racial identity and critical voices through Hip-hop recording practices in the music classroom" here:
Apparently, I'm getting married.... Just kidding. I am fully aware I'm getting married...
Last weekend, after getting back from the Connected Learning Summit in Irvine, CA, my fiancee and I held an intimate gathering of family and friends to celebrate our engagement at Norman's Bistro in Chicago. Fun times were had. See the photos below for proof...
Raised on the East side of Chicago. Globally Local. Cheers!