I’m featured in the January issue of Nylon Guys Magazine.
With help from the Hip-Hop word Count, and under Hemphill’s watchful eye, the Lab’s students performed close readings of “the F-Word” in N.W.A. songs, mapped violent lyrics against crime stats (turns out there’s no correlation), and tried to settle that perennial question: Who’s the most popular rapper ever? All invaluable experience in Hemphill’s estimation: “It’s about data mining and cultural research–but also media criticism and developing critical intelligence,” he says. “For them to be able to be more critical of any media that they come in contact with, to me, is the win.”