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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


...the innovative working models of improvisation developed by creative practitioners have helped to promote a dynamic exchange of cultural forms, and to encourage new, socially responsive forms of community building across national, cultural, and artistic boundaries.

– Ajay Heble