A group of students at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul will be the first in the nation to receive a diploma in an accredited program for the study and performance of hip-hop music.
The three-semester hip-hop program includes classes in rap history, music business and composition with instructors including Twin Cities-based hip-hop artists and an internationally known DJ.
“This is a very important art form that is not going away,” said McNally Smith College President Harry Chalmiers. “When we look at hip-hop closely, we see that we can study its impact on people’s lives, on society. Where does this music come from? What are people trying to say? These are important questions to ask.”
See also MinnPost’s Blog of the Day for Nov. 9, in which Sam Bergman at Inside the Classics talks about the merits of hip-hop and the misunderstandings people frequently have about the genre.