HipHop2020 represents clarity of cultural memory and vision. Since its inception in 2007 as a one-day conference about the relationships between the art of culture and the art of schooling, our aim has remained on pushing the envelope of innovation when Hip Hop is used as a 21st-century ‘technology of education’ across STEAM, computational media, and humanities instruction. We use #HipHopHigherEd to represent our vision.   Our projects are critical, creative, and collaborative. They seek to prompt action and shape influencers with an awareness and responsibility to produce media that addresses local, national, and global challenges of community sustainability.


FourCast is a podcast studio run out of the Four Four Beat Labs. It is known for its student-produced podcast called “Hacking Hip Hop”, which cracks the codes of activism in culture, media, and music.

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Our galleries are substantial, and include thematic exhibits that showcase our collections of music representing different genres such as rap, hip hop, jazz, soul, and rock and roll. Our galleries include a magazine collection, student-produced media, and an interactive experience. Click below to enjoy.

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Courses Offered

The course interrogates relationships between popular culture and new media technologies to produce representational collections of art and computational media such as (but not limited to) album covers, music videos, films, photography, animation, concerts/festivals, and virtual reality experiences.

To use the pedagogical performance of rap duo Outkast as an access point to investigate trap music ideologies as media for examining issues of racial politics, social justice, and cultural innovation in post-Civil Rights Atlanta.

Examines significant examples of interactive narrative and digital storytelling as an emerging genre, including its roots in experimental uses of older media, and engages students in creating their own transmedia interactive narrative project.

To interrogate theoretical, ideological, linguistic, meta-linguistic, and pedagogical practices of Hip Hop culture. To use the pedagogical performance of Atlanta rap duo Outkast and Compton’s Kendrick Lamar as access points to investigate hip hop’s cultural history as a technology of education of race and cultural innovation.