How Would You Define Chicago Hip-Hop?

With the launch of Columbia’s Hip-Hop Studies minor, members of Columbia and the Hip-Hop community share their perspectives on what makes Chicago Hip-Hop unique.

In Fall 2017, Columbia College Chicago launched a minor in Hip-Hop Studies. Chicago is one of the major centers of American Hip-Hop culture, with artists like Chance the Rapper, Vic Mensa, and Rhymefest drawing the national spotlight to Chicago. We asked experts and practitioners from Columbia and the local Hip-Hop community to help define Chicago Hip-Hop.


Amina Norman-Hawkins
Music and Hip-Hop Studies Faculty

MC and Educator

Kelsa Robinson
Dance and Hip-Hop Studies Faculty

Daniel “BRAVEMONK” Haywood
Dance and Hip-Hop Studies Faculty

Dewon Evans ’18
Music Business Management

Jim DeRogatis
English Faculty, Journalist, and Host of “Sound Opinions”

Ryan Brockmeier
Filmmaker, Midway: The Story of Chicago Hip-Hop

Ayesha Jaco MA ’07
Music Arts Management
Executive Director of M.U.R.A.L.

Stephanie “Malibu Barbie” Banes
Dance Student

Musa Reems ’18
Music Business Management
AEMPP Recording Artist

Graffiti Artist and Dancer