Published on February 21st, 2017 | by John Magee0
MSC’s Dinner & Listening Party
The Multicultural Student Council held its monthly listening party, but this month they combined the event with a potluck dinner.
The MSC provided most of the food, which was made inside the Simmons center, just a few feet away from where the event was held.
This month the MSC listened to six songs from rap duo Run the Jewels’ newest album, Run the Jewels 3. During each song people were reading the lyrics off their phones and would have a discussion about the meaning of the song they just listened to.
“Rap is never just rap,” Vice President of MSC Derrick Jean-Baptiste said. “Rap is a rare insight to a life that a lot of people don’t live.”
The discussion portion of the night was led by Dr. H. A. Nethery, an assistant professor of philosophy at FSC, and a big fan of Run the Jewels.
“They have never held any bones about being absolutely militant,” Nethery said. “And everything they do is very purposeful.”
Dr. Brian Hamilton, an assistant professor of religion at FSC, pointed out just how deliberate RTJ’s lyrics were after listening to the song Hey Kids(Bumaye).
“We’ve got three centuries of radicalization summed up in the first few lines of the song,” Hamilton said. “It is amazing.”
The MSC’s goal for the event was to have people walk away with a deeper understanding of a social issue, and Baptiste thinks that this goal was accomplished.
The next MSC event will be Feb. 24, the African American Museum on Wheels, led by historian Angela W. Jennings.