AI rappers? Virtual reality shows? The future of hip-hop is here.

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    Happy Thursday, friends!

    As MSNBC celebrates 50 years of hip-hop with “Hip-Hop Is Universal,” I’ve been talking to experts who can talk about how the genre intersects with hip-hop. every conceivable field.

    As I wrote in my introduction, hip-hop speaks to everything in our world and beyond: race, money, power, sex, technology, the universe. And everyone I’ve talked to so far has understood this in their own wonderful way.

    As a hip-hop aficionado myself, I enjoy the opportunity to sit down and be a geek with people who love the genre and find ways to merge hip-hop with other passions.

    my first interview Dr. Taj Frazierassociate professor of communications at the University of Southern California, director of the Institute for Diversity and Empowerment at the University of Southern California, Annenberg, and, perhaps most famously, the organizer of .hip hop and the metaverse” on PBS.

    Start sharing the audio of the interview here on the ReidOut blog. We will also share video clips from time to time. And we’ll see how things blossom from there. Please check!

    Frasier’s PBS series focuses on how hip-hop plays out on cutting-edge technology in venues such as virtual reality concerts, art exhibitions and production studios. And an artificial intelligence driven rapper. It also features AI-enabled instruments and composition assistance.

    you can see All episodes free from season 1each episode is approximately 10-15 minutes. Here’s a quick teaser.

    Hip-hop has always been at the forefront of technological innovation, with creators constantly coming up with new ways to make art and share it with the masses. That fact has not changed. But it also comes with ethical concerns about who should be allowed to commercialize hip-hop and how.

    I sought out Frasier because he understood how the worlds of hip-hop and technology overlap, and what the future of hip-hop, fueled by cutting-edge technology, looks like at its best. It’s one of the most trusted voices in predicting what will happen. .

    Listen to this first combo. We’ll also include a small reading/reading list for each article so you can brush up on some of the material presented here.

    To check out

    • Watch a video commentary on the invention of hip-hop pioneer DJ Kool Herc.merry-go-round” technique.
    • watch a demo of stem playeris an adventurous musical device of your choice popularized by Ye and Ghostface Killah.
    • Here’s a video of Travis Scott’s “”.fortniteThe collaboration demonstrated how hip-hop can use alternate reality technology.
    • Read about FN Meka, the controversial AI-driven ‘rapper’.
    • Read about how the group works younger brother A website founded by Questlove, made famous thanks to the help of OKplayer.

    This post is part of MSNBC’s “Hip-Hop is Universal” Seriescelebrates the genre’s 50th anniversary and considers its future.


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