Carver Museum Explores Cultural, Political Impact of Public Enemy

AUSTIN, Texas — A workshop at the Carver Museum in east Austin explored the cultural, political and social impacts of hip-hop group Public Enemy.

Public Enemy rose to popularity in the 80s with politically-charged music.

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The presenter, Jahi of Public Enemy 2.0 challenged attendees to pay attention to the messages in the music they listen to. He reminded them that music is more than just entertainment.

"Hip-hop is a culture and when you look at it from the lens of culture that's education right there because all too often we think hip-hop is rap music, commercially popular rap music and that's it, but when you look at it from a culture, that's where the education begins," Jahi said.  

There were two workshops at the Carver Wednesday, the first in the afternoon was geared toward kids.

An evening workshop was held for adult hip-hop fans.