A music theory professor at Indiana University is exploring the complexities of Hip-Hop culture through the Jacob School of Music. It is the first time a film series of this sort has been presented at IU Cinema, the campus’ movie theater.
Professor Kyle Adams is teaming with IU Cinema to present the “Craft of Hip-Hop Series” which will screen and examine three prominent films that explore the many facets of the genre.
“I wanted things that show the remarkable degree that rappers really think about their craft,” Professor Adams told the Indiana Daily Student. “For a lot of the public, I think they tend to think of rappers as uneducated buffoons who are going to go in the studio and talk about drugs and violence.
Adams, who’s an Associate Professor of Music (Music Theory) hopes these movies will change the opinion of some of the locals, who are invited to attend the event, which is free and open to the public as well.
Movies being shown later this month and into November include Ice-T’s “Something from Nothing: the Art of Rap,” “Wildstyle” and others.
While it’s the first time Indiana University has presented a Hip-Hop film festival, Professor Adams revealed that the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology has been studying Hip-Hop for the past twenty years, making it one of the oldest programs in the country.
“It’s worth noting that other schools you go to would not take Hip-Hop studies very seriously, or even popular music in general,” said Professor Adams.