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Georgia Tech Introduces a Course Dedicated to Outkast & Trap Music


Georgia Tech is now offering an undergraduate course titled “Exploring the Lyrics of Outkast and Trap Music to Explore Politics of Social Justice.” The course is a Humanities elective and a requirement for students with a Social Justice minor.

The curriculum is built around the study of the sound of trap music as it was introduced by DJ Toomp and popularized by producers like Shawty Red, Metro Boomin, Mike WiLL Made-It, and Zaytoven. Students enrolled in the class will research and analyze the metadata of soundscapes and social impact of artists including Goodie Mob, UGK, Eightball & MJG, T.I., Jeezy, 2Chainz, Gucci Mane, Future, Migos and 21 Savage, as well as highlighting the intergenerational tensions and discourse about Lil Yachty’s artistry. The course will also touch on legendary artists including 2Pac, The Notorious B.I.G., Kanye West, Nas, N.W.A, Public Enemy, Nicki Minaj, Lil Kim, and Lauryn Hill.

The professor for the course is Dr. Joycelyn Wilson, a native of Atlanta and a Hip-Hop scholar whose ethnographic studies extend from the Harvard Hip Hop Archive to Virginia Tech. Dr. Wilson is an Emmy-nominated documentary film producer of Walking With Guns, is featured in the VH1 documentary The Untold Story of Atlanta’s Rise In The Rap Game and is widely known for her TEDx lecture “The Outkast Imagination.”

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