Hip-hop on trial: Hip-hop doesn't enhance society, it degrades it
Versus – The Google+ debates from Intelligence Squared
26 June 2012 / 19:00
Tickets: £10 - 40
This June, Intelligence Squared and Google team up for a never-before-seen global debate on hip-hop.
Is rap an art form that gives the street a voice? Or is it all just money, misogyny and materialism?
Come and see hip-hop pioneer and legend KRS-One, celebrated civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, computer scientist and composer Jaron Lanier, and many more stars lock horns in the unique Intelligence Squared/Google+ courtroom debate format. Some of our speakers will be on stage in London, others beamed in from around the world thanks to the Google+ Hangout technology.
Be part of the buzz of the London audience, be part of the event beamed across the web to millions. Come and witness the future of the global mind-clash at the Versus hip-hop debate, live at the Barbican.
Web host Jemima Khan - British writer and campaigner, associate editor of the New Statesman and European editor-at-large for Vanity Fair
Chair Emily Maitlis - BBC Newsnight presenter
Advocate for the motion Eamon Courtenay - Courtenay Coye law firm
Advocate against the motion Michael Eric Dyson - Hip-hop intellectual and Professor of sociology at Georgetown University
Speakers Shaun Bailey - David Cameron's adviser on youth and crime Deeb - Egyptian “Arab Spring” rapper Estelle - Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter (via Google+ Hangout) dream hampton - American hip-hop journalist, cultural critic and film-maker Jesse Jackson - Civil rights activist, Baptist minister and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition KRS-One - Hip-hop pioneer, record producer and activist Jaron Lanier - American computer scientist, virtual reality pioneer and musician P.J. O'Rourke - American political satirist and author (via Google+ Hangout) James Peterson - Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University and founder of Hip Hop Scholars LLC ?uestlove - Co-founder of Grammy Award winning band The Roots, DJ, music journalist and producer (via Google+ Hangout) Q-Tip - American rapper, producer and frontman of iconic hip-hop act A Tribe Called Quest (via Google+ Hangout) Tricia Rose - Brown University Professor and author of the groundbreaking books on hip-hop: Black Noise and Hip Hop Wars Tony Sewell - CEO of the charity Generating Genius Slaughterhouse - Rap supergroup made up of Joe Budden, Crooked I, Joel Ortiz, and Royce Da 5'9 (via Google+ Hangout) John Sutherland - Emeritus Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London Isiah Thomas - Former top 50 NBA basketball player and Chairman and CEO of Isiah International (on the Google+ Hangout) Touré - American TV presenter, novelist, journalist and cultural critic Jason Whitlock - Columnist for Foxsports.com Benjamin Zephaniah - British-Jamaican dub poet and musician
Speakers and participants subject to change.
We regret that Hattie Collins is no longer able to take part in the event.