Cal U presents Hip-hop Conference

Hip hop pioneers Mobb Deep

Hip hop pioneers Mobb Deep

Hip-hop pioneers Mobb Deep will headline the 11th annual Hip-hop Conference April 21-22 at California University of Pennsylvania.

Conference topics include the criminal justice system, college campus safety, and discussion of the feature films Chi-Raq and Straight Outta Compton.

Mobb Deep members Havoc and Prodigy will join Dr. Zoe Spencer, an associate professor at Virginia State University for “Hip-hop and the Prison Industrial Complex” at 5 p.m. April 21 in Morgan Hall Auditorium.

Mobb Deep is originally from Queens, N.Y. The group is considered a pioneer of “reality rap,” which portrays life in the inner city.

Spencer teaches sociology, social work and criminal justice. She is the author of Murda’, Misogyny, and Mayhem: Hip-Hop and the Culture of Abnormality in the Urban Community.

At noon April 22, a panel moderated by Anika Tillery, a 2006 graduate of Cal U who is a director of social work in Brooklyn, N.Y., will discuss “Sexual, Emotional and Physical Abuse on Campuses and Beyond.”
And from 2-4 p.m. April 22, students and scholars will discuss Chi-Raq, by director Spike Lee, about violence on the South Side of Chicago, and Straight Outta Compton, the story of hip-hop group N.W.A.

Events at the Hip-hop Conference are free and open to the public. Parking is available in the Vulcan Garage, off Third Street, near the campus entrance.