A podcast interview with Jooyoung Lee

October 14, 2016 by Sherri Klassen

The podcast "Office Hours" recently featured an interview with Professor Jooyoung Lee.

Office Hours is a podcast produced by The Society Pages. Office Hours describes itself as a podcast featuring conversations with top social scientists. It is produced at the University of Minnesota, and is hosted by Matt Gunther, Matthew Aguilar-Champeau, and guests from The Society Pages graduate student board.

You can stream or download the podcast here. It runs a little less than an hour. The Society Pages introduces the podcast as follows:

Jooyoung Lee on Blowin’ Up: Rap Dreams in South Central

Matthew Aguilar-Champeau on October 10, 2016

In this episode, I talk to University of Toronto professor Jooyoung Lee, author of Blowin’ Up: Rap Dreams in South Central. This conversation focuses on the book as well as Professor Lee’s experiences writing the book. For some context, set in South Central Los Angeles, Professor Lee worked in and around Project Blowed, an open mic venue that functioned as a kind of hub for a large underground hip-hop community in Los Angeles. For some vocabulary, “Blowin’ Up” refers to getting attention/ fame/ money/ recognition in wider society and a “Blowedian” is a member of Project Blowed. Our conversations covers topics from what it means to be an insider in ethnography, to Professor Lee’s experiences ‘defending the block’ from intruders with his dance skills.