Not too easy. Not too difficult.
This is a very interesting course in the origins and history of hip hop. The lectures took place online, and participation is a must must must for this course. It can questions from the professor or questions that you may have from lecture. There are office hours for the professor and staff, so make sure that when a material is hard to understand, visit the office hours. It helps so much to go to office hours to clarify on lecture materials.
I learned the origin of hiphop and the history of it. Also, I learned how hiphop received influence from movements and politics within. It was very helpful to understand that even in the mainstream rap industry today, one or a mix of the four traditions are revealed from lyrics. From the start to the end of this course, it helped a lot to go to RapGenius to understand the significance of each lyric and understand what the words actually mean. Also, it was very important to understand the significance of songs introduced in lecture and the textbook. The most key factor from this course was that: Tradition is not Biological!!! This key phrase helps to understand the small parts of hip-hop and the accumulations of small parts helps to understand the main components of hip-hop. The phrase serves as the guidance to understanding the materials of the course.
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Advice for students:
Make sure that you attend class every time, although it is online. Make sure to go to a place where Wi-Fi connection is strong, or a place where you can plug the cable to your own laptop. This is very vital. Also, make sure that lecture is the only thing that you are doing. Do not try on going doing SNS and other things that you would do to mess around during lecture. This kind of act interferes the bandwidth and you may miss an integral part of the lecture. Make sure to do all readings and be comfortable with it. The terms and insights given in lecture must be reviewed. One may not have the potential or even ever had an interest in hip-hop, but that may not mean that the person may not be able to pass this course with A or A+. Stay Hungry !