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KEYNOTE: "We're New Here": Hip Hop's Improvisational Diss'

Rinaldo Walcott

Published: 2012-03-30

VIDEO: Dr. Walcott argues that hip-hop's improvisational diss (dismissive of the normative) is a route towards revolution. Dr. Walcott also discusses how the idea of freedom is kept alive in hip-hop's performativity.

Available Files

  • Rinaldo_Walcott_Keynote_full.mp4

    421 MB | video/mp4


Improvisation implies a deep connection between the personal and the communal, self and world. A “good” improviser successfully navigates musical and institutional boundaries and the desire for self-expression, pleasing not only herself but the listener as well.

– Rob Wallace