Published on April 26th, 2017 | by John Magee0
The MSC holds it’s final Hip Hop Listening Party of the semester
The Multicultural Student Council holds Hip Hop Listening Parties once a semester, but this last one, students said it was the most politically charged.
The listening party was centered around Joey Bada$$’s newest album “All Amerikkkan Bada$$.” This album was suggested by MSC’s incoming events chair Tatiana Montilla. Who said she was very passionate about this album because she feels it talks about issues that are very relevant today.
The first few songs that were talked about during the listening party were mainly focused on the artist and the meaning behind certain lyrics. The fourth song of the night was “Y U Don’t Love Me? (Miss Amerikkka),” and it turned the discussion away from the album and onto people who were mixed race and their own personal experiences.
“I feel that it went off track and turned into more of a question and answer about race,” Montilla said. “We had a conversation but not the conversation I think we were hoping to have.”
Incoming MSC President Derrick Jean-Baptiste said he felt that there was a gross misunderstanding of a what the Hip Hop Listening Parties are meant to be. According to Jean-Baptiste the MSC’s goal for the listening parties is to treat hip hop as a form of poetry that can give people a valuable insight into the experiences of oppression, suffering and joy.
“Through this philosophical insight, we hope to build solidarity and based on empathy,” Jean-Baptiste said. “I think a few people didn’t get that until towards the end or not at all.”
However the listening party was still well received by some of the attendees. Chase Hoyt is a senior at FSC and had never been to a Hip Hop Listening Party before. Hoyt said that he liked talking about what Joey Bada$$ had to say through his music.
“I think it went alright for the most part,” Hoyt said. “I think it would have been more helpful if some of the participants spent more time listening to others, but it was good to see that people were willing to actively engage in that way.”
Jean-Baptiste said that despite the conversation getting off topic that there was something to be learned from this event. Jean-Baptiste mentioned the importance of new people and new opinions being present at the listening parties.
“The goal of listening parties is to cause people to learn, and that doesn’t happen if the listening parties become echo chambers,” Jean-Baptiste said. “While fun, it doesn’t have the same intended impact.”
According to the MSC’s PR chair Assia Angelini the club is already working on ways to involve more people into the group discussions. To prevent the conversation from being dominated by a couple of people, Angelini said the club intends to implement a “two then me” rule, which involves giving two people the chance to respond to one’s point before speaking again.
Angelini said she felt it was important to get new people into the listening party in order to get the most out of these events.
“You never really know what you’re going to get when you have new people,” Angelini said. “Whether you’re a hip hop expert or a total novice it’s a conversation everyone can gain something from.”
This story was produced for COM 4300 News Media Projects. Any comments regarding this story can be directed to the course instructor, Beth Bradford (firstname.lastname@example.org).