Professor Jared Ball, PhD. Green Institute Communications Fellow

Hip-Hop and the Corporate Music Industry - A Four Part Series

Professor Ball examines corporate power, the fraudulence of pop culture, and the colonization of Black America, as seen through the focal lens of Hip-Hop. The content of hip-hop has been a public controversy and with this four-part series, the Green Institute looks at an issue that is far deeper than the lyrics in commercial hip-hop music. These are just a symptom of a deeper problem which Dr. Ball is well qualified to analyze.

Dr. Ball is an assistant professor of communications studies at Morgan State University. He is editor-at-large of the Journal of Hip-Hop and Global Culture from Words, Beats and Life and hosts Jazz & Justice Mondays 1-3p EST on DC's WPFW 89.3 FM Pacifica Radio. Ball is also the founder and creator of FreeMix Radio: The Original Mixtape Radio Show, a hip-hop mixtape committed to the practice of underground emancipatory journalism. He and his work can be found online at

Hip-Hop, Mass Media and 21st Century Colonization
(part 1 of 4)
by Jared Ball, Ph.D.
March 20, 2007
Green Institute Publications

Hip-Hop and the Corporate Function of Colonization
(part 2 of 4)
by Jared Ball, Ph.D.
May 10, 2007
Green Institute Publications
Having elsewhere looked at the function of mass media as primary mechanisms of the maintenance of colony, recent events have again emerged requiring further investigation into the function of corporate control over the cultural expression of colonized populations.

Colonialism is the Lens and Hip-Hop is the Mirror
(part 3 of 4)
by Jared Ball, Ph.D.
August 1, 2007
Green Institute Publications
It continues that colonialism, without conscious and organized interruption, reproduces itself even as it goes often unnamed or perhaps misunderstood. Whether referred to euphemistically (consciously or not) as “inequality,” “racism,” “misogyny” or, in terms of image and media, as “poor/inaccurate representation,” “entertainment,” and “news,” colonialism is what Fanon wrote it to be.

Hip-Hop and Colonialism: Recognition and Response (part 4 of 4)
by Jared Ball, Ph.D.
December 1, 2007

Ours must be a concern over how, in this case hip-hop, can demonstrate the existence and need to overthrow the colonial status or the very existence of colony. It is, again, a struggle to understand how a colonialism model of analysis can address that which is raised by Ahmad Rahman in his biography of Nkrumah, that attempts to understand anything about our current world, including hip-hop, without recognizing the fundamentality of this colonial relationship would be like trying to “understand the tides absent recognition of the moon.”

Other Green Institute activities related to Hip-Hop

A Presentation and Forum on the N-Word

November, 2006 at Sangha, Takoma Park, MD
March, 2007 at the DC Metro Social Forum

US Social Forum in Atlanta
, June 27-July 1
The USSF has accepted our proposals for two hip-hop related sessions in Atlanta. One will be another N-Word Forum, and we will also host a Capitol Resistance Forum which further examines the corporate hip-hop industry. Social Forum schedules are not available yet - please check back for times and locations.