Jay Z is among many performers to be the subject of academic study in recent years. As a field, hip-hop studies has grown significantly.

Jay Z is among many performers to be the subject of academic study in recent years. As a field, hip-hop studies has grown significantly.

The halls of academia are not just a place to learn the classics anymore. A new generation of scholars is bringing academic rigor to a uniquely American art form.

How does hip-hop balance this newfound respect, with keeping its street cred?

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  • Rodney Carmichael NPR Hip Hop writer.
  • Bakari Kitwana Executive director of Rap Sessions: Community Dialogues on Hip-Hop; author, "The Hip-Hop Generation" and forthcoming "Hip-Hop Activism in the Obama Era."
  • Treva Lindsey Associate professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Ohio State University; teaches coursework on gender and hip hop.

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