Well Said: The art of hip-hop

Mark Katz has always had a love for music. At Carolina, you’ll likely find him behind a turntable, teaching students the skills and the history of hip-hop, rap and DJing.

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From makerspaces to research labs, Carolina’s learning spaces are designed to provide hands-on experiences.

Professor of music Mark Katz’s classroom — also known as the Beat Making Lab — is no exception.

The room is decorated with graffiti Katz commissioned from alumni artists and filled with turntables, mixers and CD players for his Art and Culture of the DJ and Rap Lab classes.

On this episode of Well Said, Katz shares what drew him to research and teach hip-hop and discusses the culture of DJing.

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