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
Picasso, Baby. is a network graph that visualises the connections between rappers and the modern & contemporary painters they name drop in their rhymes.
Spanning 1979 – 2014 the graph gives a glimpse of the historical relationship that rappers have to the artistic mastery of Pablo Picasso, the perceived archetypal divisiveness of Yoko Ono, the ever present Jay-Z factor and the recent increasing popularity of Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Gallery quality Giclée print on natural white, matte, ultra smooth, 100% cotton rag, acid and lignin free archival paper using archival inks.
The interactive version of the graph is here
Rap Geeks can submit a correction here
Rap Fans can pre-order the poster here