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William & Mary graduate student featured on 'With Good Reason'

  • Hip-hop collection
    Hip-hop collection  On April 19, Special Collections will launch the William & Mary Hip-Hop Collection, the most comprehensive collection of its kind devoted to chronicling Virginia’s hip-hop past from the 1980s to the present through oral histories, recordings, publications and other ephemera created by Virginia-based artists, collectives and businesses.  Photo by Stephen Salpukas
  • Hip-hop collection
    Hip-hop collection  The collection includes music, oral history interviews, and artifacts such as SMILES Crew's first boombox, a cassette tape of Mighty MCs recordings, a Blendz award, and promotional materials for performances.  Photo by Stephen Salpukas
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    Hip-hop collection  Kevin Kosanovich, an American studies doctoral candidate, has been a driving force behind the collection. He has interviewed many significant figures from Virginia’s hip-hop community, both past and present, preserving their stories for future researchers.  Photo by Stephen Salpukas
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Graduate student Kevin Kosanovich was featured this week on the radio program With Good Reason which airs on public radio stations around the country.

During the interview, he traces hip-hop’s roots, focusing on how it is expressed in different regions of our country, from California to New York and, of course, in the Commonwealth.  

Kosanovich used his experiences preparing a doctoral dissertation on the development of Bronx hip-hop to become a driving force behind W&M's hip-hop collection.American-invented hip-hop music is now an international phenomenon with rappers in countries like Japan and Senegal. Last year, William & Mary’s Special Collection Research Center launched a Hip-Hop Collection chronicling the genre’s growth in Virginia – very much at the encouragement of Kosanovich.

If you miss the broadcast live, it may be heard via podcast, here. You may also subscribe to the podcasts online.

Kosanovich is a doctoral candidate in American studies at the College. In preparing his dissertation, which examines the history of the Bronx River Houses, the Zulu Nation and the emergence of hip-hop in the Bronx, Kosanovich employed the resources of Cornell’s hip-hop collection. That researched sparked the desire to create a similar resource of Virginia’s rich hip-hop history.