As a Kellogg International Scholar, Samuel Cannova researches the role that hip hop culture plays as a tool for social movements. Cannova, an avid listener of rap music, collects and analyzes hip hop artifacts, particularly from African nations including Uganda and South Africa. Largely engaging with literary analysis, media analysis, and ethnography, Cannova supplements his work by conducting research on background historical context of the topic and its international implications.
I am fascinated by the role that hip hop culture plays in social movements. I seek to investigate how underground artists globalize and adapt their art to protest injustice and oppression.
I am currently focused on the development and impact of hip hop in South Africa. Much of this includes tracing the references, roots, and reach of different works, from rap songs to graffiti, and their messages, particularly in relation to race and ethnicity.