GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — Brooklyn-based rapper Talib Kweli will be the featured speaker at this year’s Dec. 7 Stockton Hip Hop Summit, “Stay Woke: Using Hip Hop as a Tool for Consciousness Raising.”
This will be the fourth Hip Hop Summit since 2007. Professor Donnetrice Allison, who coordinates the event with her Intro to Hip Hop Culture class, said there is an ongoing discussion among hip-hop scholars as to whether the original purpose of the genre, to serve as a voice for underrepresented communities, has been replaced by messages of materialism, sexism, drugs and violence.
Kweli, 42, is a hip-hop recording artist, entrepreneur and social activist. He collaborated with Mos Def as half of Black Star and has worked with Kanye West, Just Blase, Madlib and Pharrell Williams in addition to producing his own work. In 2011, he founded his own record label, Javotti Media, which released his 2011 album ‘Gutter Rainbows.”
The event runs from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and features academic discussions and performances.