From its inception, Hip Hop has been (and continues to be) more than just a genre of music. Hip Hop has always served as an umbrella term encompassing art, music, dance, literature, identity, style, entrepreneurship and politics. This course will utilize an interactive and multi-media approach to engaging with Hip Hop Culture in the Bay Area. As the course will deal with contemporary Hip Hop culture in the Bay Area, it will also focus on the regional influences underpinning the Bay Area's distinct Hip-Hop landscape. We will also make it a point to deconstruct the multiple eras of Hip-Hop/rap in the Bay Area, and critically appraise the content contained in Bay Area Hip Hop records. It bears repeating, Hip-Hop culture is not only a source of entertainment within our everyday lives, but also a medium that analyzes/provides commentary regarding social, economic, political and cultural issues dealing with cultural identity, cultural genocide, misogyny, racism, classism, materialism, freedom of speech and freedom of sexuality. During the duration of this semester we will think critically, embrace debate, and delve into the study of Hip Hop culture.