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Saturday, April 16 • 10:45am - 12:45pm
Rap Revoiced
Melissa A. Weber, “Rapper’s Delight? The Overlooked Voices of Rap Before ‘The Message’”
Joshua Alston, “Chopped, Screwed, and Regendered: Vocal Dynamics and Tempo in Houston Hip-Hop”
Lauren Jackson, “‘My Presence is a Present’: Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, and the Laughter of the Rapper”
Nicholas Forster, “‘You Know We Can Get Away, Because I’m Calling Your Name’: Young Thug, Melody, and the Contemporary Hip-Hop Soundscape”


Emily J. Lordi

Emily J. Lordi is an assistant professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the author of Black Resonance: Iconic Women Singers and African American Literature and a forthcoming 33 1/3 book on Donny Hathaway Live. “Erykah Badu’s Afropresentism”In... Read More →


Joshua Alston

Joshua Alston is a staff writer and television critic for The A.V. Club. He lives in Atlanta.  “Chopped, Screwed, and Regendered: Vocal Dynamics and Tempo in Houston Hip-Hop”Houston’s esoteric hip-hop scene, and its homegrown “chopped and screwed” subgenre, briefly attracted... Read More →
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Nicholas Forster

Nicholas Forster is a PhD candidate in African American Studies and Film and Media Studies at Yale University. Interested in the relationship between technology, race, sound, and history he has recently published pieces in Film Quarterly, The Journal of Popular Music Studies, and... Read More →

Lauren Jackson

Lauren Jackson is a third year PhD student in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Chicago. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The New Inquiry, and The Awl among other places. With interests in dialect, sound, and linguistic diffusion, her... Read More →
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Melissa A. Weber

Based in New Orleans, Melissa A. Weber is an MA candidate in musicology at Tulane University. A respected crate digger and authority on funk, soul, and disco, she’s been featured in Nelson George's Finding the Funk documentary, Wax Poetics magazine, and the book Dust and Grooves... Read More →

Saturday April 16, 2016 10:45am - 12:45pm PDT
Demo Lab EMP Museum, 325 5th Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98109