Only adults are admitted. Nobody younger than 18 can hire or listen to Psykhomantus in the club or your speakers with this rating. The DJ under this category do not have limitation on the bad language that is used. Hard Beats are generally allowed, and strong Scratchin/Beat Juggling along with Body Tricks activity is also allowed. Scenes of strong real sex may be permitted if justified by a fly groupie.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Versus Hip Hop on Trial Debate

Join Intelligence Squared for the first ever global debate on hip-hop. Is hip-hop the authentic voice of the oppressed that turns anger into poetry and political action? Or is it a glorification of all that holds back oppressed minorities and hinders them from mainstream assimilation?
In the third of our Versus series of debates with Google we’re bringing together some of the biggest names in hip-hop to debate these questions. Some of the speakers will be on stage at the Barbican Centre and others will be appearing on the big screen via the Google+ Hangout technology. We have rappers such as KRS-One?uestloveQ-Tip and Estelle, and renowned US hip-hop intellectuals such as TourĂ©Michael Eric DysonTricia Rose and dream hampton. We’re bringing over civil rights campaigner Jesse Jackson, once a critic and now in the hip-hop camp.
Hip-hop and all it stands for has moved well beyond its black American roots. We’ll also be hearing from  John Sutherland, Victorian fiction expert, who is a hip-hop aficionado, and we’re bringing over the Egyptian rapper Deeb who was involved in the Tahrir Square uprising and thinks hip-hop has fostered revolution in North Africa.
Also flying in for an exclusive London appearance will be Jaron Lanier, computer scientist, virtual reality pioneer, composer and one of TIME’s 100 most influential people of 2010; and there’ll be critical voices from Shaun Bailey, David Cameron’s adviser on youth and crime, and Hattie Collins, music editor of i-D magazine.
In our new quick-fire courtroom format, there’ll be two brilliant advocates grilling our panel of hip-hop fans and critics and building a case either for or against the motion. Hip-hop is a state of mind, an attitude of defiance that has been adopted by the oppressed all over the world. But does it help or hinder society? On June 26th our audience will decide. So have your say – come to the Barbican or watch live on YouTube and vote online.

  • Emily Maitlis

    BBC Newsnight presenter

Web host

  • Jemima Khan

    British writer and campaigner, associate editor of the New Statesman and European editor-at-large for Vanity Fair

Advocate for the motion

  • Eamon Courtenay

    Attorney at Courtenay Coye law firm in Belize

Advocate against the motion

  • Michael Eric Dyson

    Hip-hop intellectual and professor of sociology at Georgetown University


  • Shaun Bailey

    Special adviser to the Prime Minister’s office on youth, crime and welfare issues
  • Deeb

    Egyptian “Arab Spring” rapper
  • Estelle (via Google+ Hangout)

    Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter
  • 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
  • James Peterson

    Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University and founder of Hip Hop Scholars LLC
  • P. J. O’Rourke (via Google+ Hangout)

    American political satirist and author
  • Q-Tip (via Google+ Hangout)

    American rapper, producer and frontman of iconic hip-hop act A Tribe Called Quest
  • ?uestlove (via Google+ Hangout)

    Co-founder of Grammy Award winning band The Roots, DJ, music journalist and producer
  • Tricia Rose

    Brown University Professor and author of the groundbreaking books on hip-hop: Black Noise and The Hip Hop Wars
  • Tony Sewell

    CEO of the charity Generating Genius
  • Slaughterhouse (via Google+ Hangout)

    Rap supergroup made up of Joe Budden, Crooked I, Joel Ortiz, and Royce Da 5’9
  • John Sutherland

    Emeritus Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London
  • Isiah Thomas (via Google+ Hangout)

    Former top 50 NBA basketball player and Chairman and CEO of Isiah International
  • TourĂ© (via Google+ Hangout)

    American TV presenter, novelist, journalist and cultural critic
  • Jason Whitlock

    Columnist for
  • Benjamin Zephaniah

    Dub poet and musician

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