Sampling Black History: Examining the Evolution of Hip-Hop in America

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Robins School of Business, Ukrop Auditorium
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173
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Join us for a lecture and panel discussion examining hip-hop as a social, political, and artistic movement. Hip-hop artist and producer Donnie “Mad Skillz” Lewis along with hip-hop pioneer, producer and sound designer Hank Shocklee will lead a sampling discussion and demonstration to illustrate how sampling connects hip-hop music to earlier black expression (music/politics), and to explain why sampling is important to the music.

Following the discussion and demonstration, Dr. Erik Nielson, Associate Professor of Liberal Arts and hip-hop expert, will moderate a panel discussion to dive deeper into the evolving role of hip-hop in today’s culture including that of a conduit of political activism and grassroots organizing. The evening will continue with audience Q&A and conclude with a light reception with the panelists.


This event has filled as a result of overwhelming response. Advance and waitlisted registrants have been identified, and the event is now closed to additional registrations.

Talk and panel discussion sponsored in part by the University of Richmond Department of Music and American Studies Program. Reception sponsored by the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement.

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Contact: Beth Ann Howard, Program Manager, (804) 289-8133