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Build: The Power of Hip Hop Diplomacy in a Divided World

Mark Katz


Hip hop and diplomacy are unlikely partners. And yet, since 2001 the US Department of State has been sending hip hop artists to perform and teach around the world. The government has good reason to be interested in hip hop: it is known and loved across the globe, readily acknowledged as a product of American culture. Moreover, hip hop has long been a means of fostering community through creative collaboration—what hip hop artists call building—and can thus facilitate mutual respect and cooperation among people of different nations, a key objective of diplomacy. At heart, Build is about the int ... More

Keywords: hip hop, rap, diplomacy, cultural diplomacy, cultural exchange, music, State Department, international relations, Next Level

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190056117
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190056117.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Katz, author
Ruel W. Tyson, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Humanities; Director, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, University of North Carolina