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K For The Way

“K for the Way” explores writing, rhetoric, and literacy from the perspective of the Hip Hop DJ. 

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A smart, witty, wise novel of the hood that even comes with its own Hip Hop soundtrack. 


Not Just the Breaks – The Story of Ultimate Breaks and Beats

The story of the Ultimate Breaks and Beats collection as told by Louis “BreakBeat Lou” Flores.



Black Sound Matter(s)

“Black Sound Matter(s)” examines the Hip Hop DJ’s role in creating auditory landscapes for Black liberation and anti-racist liberatory practices. This piece aims to radically transform intellectual space by deploying the concept of sonic lineage.

When Keepin’ It Rea(1) Goes Wrong…

When asked to discuss the topic “Where We Are: Intergenerational Exchange,” Todd Craig penned an open letter to the field of Composition and Rhetoric, reflecting on the current state of the field, and what directions the field can and should move.

“Heavy Airplay, All Day With No Chorus”

Todd Craig describes a writing assignment called “The Playlist Project” where a tribute mix to Prodigy of Mobb Deep served as the primary text for students to engage with. The Playlist Project allows students to re-envision how they create writing through sound and sonics.

“Sista Girl Rock”

This article seeks to introduce and situate a seldom-explored subject: the role and contribution of women deejays in the testosterone-filled genre called Hip Hop. This article’s analysis is grounded in the interviews of Spinderella, Kuttin Kandi, Pam the Funkstress (RIP), Reborn, Shorty Wop and Natasha Diggs.


“‘Makin’ Somethin’ Outta Little-to-Nufin’’

Prompted by a moment in the classroom in which the DJ becomes integral for the writing instructor, this article looks at how the Hip Hop DJ and Hip Hop DJ/Producer become the intrinsic examples for first-year college writing students to think about how they conduct revision in their writing.

“Tell Virgil Write BRICK on my Brick”

Craig reflects on hiphopography, a term originally coined by James G. Spady, as a research methodology that intermingles with classroom praxis. Craig organizes his reflections as a set of tracks, mixing in samples from an online meme, a track from the Buffalo, NY based Hip Hop collective Griselda, his own theory of Hip Hop DJ Rhetoric, Nelson Flores and Jonathan Rosa’s raciolinguistic theories, and James G. Spady’s work on Hip Hop.

"How Eve Saved My Soul"

Using his experiences as a Hip Hop DJ to guide his soundwriting pedagogies, Craig invites students to investigate the deep impact Hip Hop albums have across decades, as they assess the present, sample the past and influence the future.


"Straight Outta English"

The special issue of Changing English, entitled “Straight Outta English,” will be a journalistic third-space for writers and artists, thinkers and scholars to interrogate and document the rendering and (re)rendering of their entrance to and through Hip Hop in relation to the academy.

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