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Hip Hop and Creative Practice in Popular Music

Hip Hop and Creative Practice in Popular Music at The Ohio State University was established in 2023 through a collaboration between the School of Music (SOM) and Department of African American and African Studies (AAAS), through the Race, Inclusion and Social Equity (RAISE) Initiative.

Meet the Faculty

Stevie "Dr. View" Johnson and Jason Rawls

Stevie "Dr. View" Johnson, assistant professor of creative practice in popular music

Jason Rawls, assistant professor of hip hop




This interdisciplinary curriculum provides a comprehensive understanding of the essence and potential of Hip Hop music and popular culture. The following courses are currently available:

Additional courses are currently under development. Topics that focus on the cultural value, identities and theories of Hip Hop may include:

  • Race, Class and Gender
  • Sampling as Archival Research
  • Racialized Violence
  • Social Movements and Social Justice
  • Creative Practice
  • Hip Hop Elements (B-boying, DJing, Graffiti, Emceeing)
  • Beat Making and Production

Hip Hop at Ohio State in the News

Hip Hop’s Place in Higher Education — Now at Ohio State podcast, episode 18

Upcoming Events

Autumn 2024 — watch for an announcement about the first "Can I Kick It?" Hip Hop Festival. Details coming soon. 


Email Stevie Johnson or Jason Rawls