Nicholas Conway

Examines hip hop music and culture, disc jockeying, break dancing and graffiti art

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Nicholas Conway

College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Music and Theatre

Hip hop music and culture (MCing, DJing, B-boying/B-girling, and graffiti)

Campus phone: (518) 330-7602
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Nicholas Conway has been teaching hip hop music and culture, a course he and a colleague devised, since the fall of 2003 at the University at Albany, Trinity College and Yale University.

The cou¿¿¿rse uses Hip Hop music and culture as a lens to explore contemporary social, political, and economic issues that confront us as a society. Through close analyses of relevant essays, music, and videos, students learn to think critically about Hip Hop culture and the diverse contexts in which this dynamic art form continues to reshape itself. The course employs Hip Hop as a means of interpreting and evaluating modern-day U.S. and world culture.

Conway currently DJs and writes online hip hop reviews. He was born and raised in Albany, N.Y.