[ISEA2012] Panel: Kwende Kefentse, Tahir Hemphill & Hakim Bellamy (moderator) – Hip Hop and Technology

Panel Statement

Since its emergence in the mid 1970s, Hip Hop culture and music have been transformed by technological innovations. Through the research of Tahir Hemphill, creator of the Hip-Hop Word Count: A Searchable Rap Almanac, an ethnographic database built from the lyrics of over 40,000 Hip Hop songs, users can analyze and track this evolving language. Kwende Kefentse’s focus on urbanization has led him to explore parallels between the emergence of Hip Hop culture and the built environment on a global scale.  linkedin.com/in/kwendekefentse/detail/treasury/summary/?entityUrn=urn%3Ali%3Afs_treasuryMedia%3A(ACoAAAJuMpcB5vxoIGUIOqX1adQVG36Xdv8842Q%2C1476110754291)&section=summary&treasuryCount=2

  • Kwende Kefentse works as the Cultural Industries Development Officer at the City of Ottawa (Canada), in an award-winning Cultural Development and Initiatives team.
  • Tahir Hemphill, Creative Technologist. Educator. Radical Archivist. Co-Creator. Artist In Residence. Research Fellow. Peripheral Visionary. Rap Enthusiast. Native Queens New Yorker, USA     tahirhemphill.com
  • Hakim Bellamy, Poet Laureate of Albuquerque, NM, USA