Insight Culture: Data science and hip hop

Submitted on Wednesday, 23/06/2021

Griffith Rollefson is a Professor of Music in UCC. Not an obvious fit for a data science research centre? Think again. Rollefson featured on The Insight Podcast and explained how he is using data science to create a digital map tracking the evolution of hip hop across the world. Louise, the podcast’s resident musician, asked all the right questions and it made for a fascinating interview.

Since then, Rollefson has published a book called Critical Excess: Watch the Throne and the New Gilded Age, which explores the Kanye West and Jay-Z album Watch the Throne and asks whether it actually sparked the movement that led to the election of Donald Trump. Intrigued? Well you can read more on the companion website here.