Creative Capital Mini-Documentary on the Rap Research Lab

by April 6, 2016
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Rap Research Lab Digital Humanities Fellowship

· by April 4, 2016

We Are Still On The Search To Fill Our Third Rap Research Lab Fellowship Position. Inquire within: //

Kanye West’s Lyric Data Sculpture

· by October 18, 2015

Kanye West’s Lyric Data Sculpture.

I Know You See Me,
I Know You See Me,
I Know You See Me,
It’s like I’m 3D!” -@KanyeWest

Mapper's Delight Kanye 3D

Rap Research Lab After-School Program

· by October 18, 2015

We have a few openings for our free after-school program. Applications are here.

RRL 2015 Flyer

Research Lab Design Charrette

· by October 17, 2015

Scenes From Saturday’s Research Lab Design Charrette where 10 educators helped us workshop and modify our curriculum.

This content coding exercise where we searched for 5 recurring themes in the lyrics of @kendricklamar & @nickiminaj is one of the analog data analysis & visualization lessons that will be included in our Teacher Toolkit.

Content Coding

Content Coding

· by October 16, 2015

Eyeo Festival’s 5th Anniversary Catalog


To celebrate the Eyeo Festival’s 5th Anniversary they assembled this beautiful book. A 250 page trip down memory lane and a great resource for digestible doses of insight & inspiration from the most interesting and successful people in the community.

Eyeo reached out to every speaker to ever to grace the Eyeo stage to from 2011 to 2015, and featured us in a spread that includes a project we presented at Eyeo, plus some new thoughts regarding our path, process and inspiration.

The book also includes forwards by Golan Levin and Paola Antonelli, brief recaps of each year by Jer Thorp as well as complete listings of the sessions and workshops that took to place.

STCR Update: Summer 2015 — Rap Research Lab / Bronx Museum of Art

· by September 16, 2015

Happy End of Summer. Happy Eclipse. Happy First Week of School. Happy Roshashana. Happy Adis Amet.

A lot has happened in the past 10 months. A lot has happened in the past 10 months. A lot has happened in the past 10 months.

I have a few updates below:

Rap Research Lab
I’m happy to announce that we’ve received a grant from HIVE and The New York Community Trust Digital Media Learning Fund to scale & spread our program!

For the remainder of 2015 I will be working with my team to synthesize the Rap Research Lab’s process, tools and curriculum into a toolkit that will reach a greater number of students, teachers and organizations throughout NYC. Visit our project website here.

Over the Summer we held a recruitment workshop at Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls where students content coded and visualised the reoccurring themes they found in the lyrics of female rapper’s.

Our second Summer workshop was held at the NYC Parks Department McCarren Park Computer Research Center, where students mapped their research data using carto.db.

Armed with the stats and lived experience to support their arguments, both sessions culminated in great conversations about the influence that Hiphop has on their lives and world culture.


This weekend we are hosting a Design Sprint that will facilitate receiving feedback from educators on our current lesson plans and ultimately helping us develop a more effective curriculum.

If you can think of a organization or educator that would be into what we’re doing here at the Rap Research Lab, connect us. Visit the project website here.

We have a few openings on the standby list for our free after-school program. Applications are here.


Bronx Calling: The Third AIM Biennial
If you haven’t visited yet, my work in the Bronx Museum of Art AIM35 group show will be on the wall until September 20th. It really is a good looking exhibition.

There’s more to come.

Be well, Tahir

Black Studies in the Digital Age at Princeton

· by April 9, 2015

Black Studies in the Digital Age Faculty Graduate Seminar FY 2014-2015 Poster

I had a great time presenting my work and the new project ActualFact to the Faculty-Graduate Seminar at the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University. Now in its eighth year, the seminar brings leading thinkers to share work in progress in an intimate setting of graduate students and faculty working across disciplines.

Rap Research Lab x InterIsland Terminal Hawaii

· by February 7, 2015

Scenes From February’s Workshop In Honolulu, Hawaii: Participants conducted research, made data visualisations & reported their findings. After voting, we then made a physical version of charting all of the songs in Tupac’s body of work using thread and map pins. Mad Fun!

Rap Research Lab at TEDYouth 2014

· by November 28, 2014

TEDYouth 2014
I was invited by TED to present the Rap Research Lab to 400 middle & high School students.

TEDYouth is a day-long event for middle and high school students, with live speakers, hands-on activities and great conversations. Scientists, designers, technologists, explorers, artists, performers (and more!) share short talks on what they do best, serving both as a source of knowledge and inspiration for youth around the globe.