Versus ‘Hip Hop on Trial’ Debate With Questlove, Tricia Rose,Slaughterhouse, Estelle, Q-Tip & More(VIDEO)

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Aired live on June 26, 2012, 7 p.m. BST was the second global, live Versus Debate from Google+, YouTube, and IQ2. Join politicians, experts and economists.

 June 2012, Intelligence Squared and Google team up for a never-before-seen global debate on hip-hop.

Is rap an art form that gives the street a voice? Or is it all just money, misogyny and materialism?

Come and see hip-hop pioneer and legend KRS-One, celebrated civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, computer scientist and composer Jaron Lanier, and many more stars lock horns in the unique Intelligence Squared/Google+ courtroom debate format. Some of our speakers will be on stage in London, others beamed in from around the world thanks to the Google+ Hangout technology.

Web host
Jemima Khan – British writer and campaigner, associate editor of the New Statesman and European editor-at-large for Vanity Fair

Emily Maitlis – BBC Newsnight presenter

Advocate for the motion
Eamon Courtenay – Courtenay Coye law firm

Advocate against the motion
Michael Eric Dyson – Hip-hop intellectual and Professor of sociology at Georgetown University

Shaun Bailey – David Cameron’s adviser on youth and crime
Deeb – Egyptian “Arab Spring” rapper
Estelle – Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter (via Google+ Hangout)
dream hampton – American hip-hop journalist, cultural critic and film-maker
Jesse Jackson – Civil rights activist, Baptist minister and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition
KRS-One – Hip-hop pioneer, record producer and activist
Jaron Lanier – American computer scientist, virtual reality pioneer and musician
P.J. O’Rourke – American political satirist and author  (via Google+ Hangout)
James Peterson – Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University and founder of Hip Hop Scholars LLC
?uestlove – Co-founder of Grammy Award winning band The Roots, DJ, music journalist and producer (via Google+ Hangout)
Q-Tip – American rapper, producer and frontman of iconic hip-hop act A Tribe Called Quest (via Google+ Hangout)
Tricia Rose – Brown University Professor and author of the groundbreaking books on hip-hop: Black Noise and Hip Hop Wars
Tony Sewell – CEO of the charity Generating Genius
Slaughterhouse –  Rap supergroup made up of Joe Budden, Crooked I, Joel Ortiz, and Royce Da 5’9  (via Google+ Hangout)
John Sutherland – Emeritus Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London
Isiah Thomas – Former top 50 NBA basketball player and Chairman and CEO of Isiah International (on the Google+ Hangout)
Touré – American TV presenter, novelist, journalist and cultural critic
Jason Whitlock – Columnist for
Benjamin Zephaniah – British-Jamaican dub poet and musician

Speakers and participants subject to change.

We regret that Hattie Collins is no longer able to take part in the event.

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