Bottom of the Map, a new podcast from WABE and PRX, is taking hip-hop conversation in a new direction. In each episode, Christina Lee and Dr. Regina N. Bradley delve into a passionate exploration of Southern hip-hop culture and its impact on the world. The result – an authentic and energetic conversation from true fans who appreciate the knock of a good 808 and also have the fandom, expertise and insider perspective to break down its significance.

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The Hosts

Christina Lee, Host

@MinaAnnLee

Christina Lee is a journalist based in Atlanta. She writes about hip-hop, with a focus on how it molds Atlanta’s cultural identity and impacts pop culture at large.

Christina graduated from the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism in 2008. Since then her work has appeared in The Guardian, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Billboard, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Pitchfork and Complex.

In 2014, she won an Atlanta Press Club award for her co-write on the Creative Loafing cover story “Straight Outta Stankonia: OutKast’s Atlanta From Discography to Mythology.”

 

Dr. Regina N. Bradley, Host

@redclayscholar

Dr. Regina N. Bradley is an alumna Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellow (Harvard University, Spring 2016) and an Assistant Professor of English and African Diaspora Studies at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA. Her expertise and research interests include post-Civil Rights African American literature, hip hop culture, race and the contemporary U.S. South, and sound studies. Regina earned a B.A. in English from
Albany State University (GA), an M.A. in African American and African Diaspora Studies from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in African American Literature from Florida State University.Regina’s current book-length project,Chronicling Stankonia: OutKast and the Rise of the Hip Hop South(under contract, UNC Press), explores how Atlanta, GA hip hop duo OutKast influences conversations about the Black American South after the Civil Rights Movement.

Chronicling Stankonia stems from her critically acclaimed series OutKasted Conversations, a YouTube dialogue series about the impact of OutKast on popular culture. She is also the editor of a forthcoming collection of essays about OutKast for the University of Georgia Press. Regina’s work on popular culture and race is published in south: an interdisciplinary journal, Meridians, Comedy Studies, ADA, Journal of Ethnic American Literature, Palimpsest, and Current Musicology. Regina’s public scholarship is featured on a range of news media outlets including Washington Post, NPR, NewsOne, SoundingOut!, and Creative Loafing Atlanta.

In addition to her scholarship, Regina is an acclaimed fiction writer. Her first short story collection, Boondock Kollage: Stories from the Hip Hop South, was recently published by Peter Lang press. Regina’s short story “Beautiful Ones” was a 2017 Pushcart Prize nominee in short fiction. Her other stories have been featured in Obsidian, Transition, and Oxford American. Regina’s fiction has been supported by the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop and the Tin House Summer Workshop. She is currently working on her first novel based on the short story “Beautiful Ones,”The Ghosts Come Home, about the disappearance of a Black teenage boy in Southwest Georgia.

The Production Team

Floyd Hall, Producer

@floydintl

Floyd Hall is a cultural producer, writer and documentarian from Atlanta, Georgia. His professional work often relates to the intersection of art, media and technology as platforms. As an artist he is interested in the process of how we come to define and design ourselves, and is passionate about how history, culture and art blend together to construct narratives of place.

He has worked across the media spectrum in a variety of roles and capacities, including strategy, research and production; his current and past work spans several industries, including Gaming, Brand Management, Nonprofit Arts, Social Change, Sporting Goods, Sports Media and Luxury Lifestyle.

Floyd counts the experiences of his Intown Atlanta upbringing, childhood summers spent in Augusta, Georgia and living in New York City as an adult as the primary influences on his life. Time spent in these locations gave him moments of clarity and insight about regional perspectives, the immigrant experience, how spaces influence patterns of life, and the imagination and ingenuity of different cultures.

Floyd is passionate about the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics) disciplines and holds a BS in Mathematics from Morehouse College, a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and an MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.

He has supplementary training in Radio & Television Broadcasting, is a Hambidge Creative Residency Fellow and has presented as a guest lecturer at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Spelman College, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, the Hudgens Center for Art and Learning and is a media contributor to ArtsATL and ART PAPERS magazine.

 

Stephen Key, Production Editor

Stephen Key is a podcast producer and visual artist from Atlanta, Georgia. He has ten years of experience with producing and hosting a variety of podcasts and radio programs. He was the host of the award winning radio show “Blank Canvas Radio” on AM1690 “The Voice of The Arts”. Stephen produces the podcast Crazy Good Turns with former Home Depot CEO Frank Blake, which highlights the stories of people who achieve amazing things to help inspire listeners with empathy and action. Stephen also co-hosts, produces and helps instruct undergraduates at The Georgia Institute of Technology for the podcast Building Memories. This podcast is presented by The Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts and honors Atlanta’s richly diverse history and culture through spaces and places, but also through a recognition of some of the people who occupied them. Stephen is excited to be working with WABE producing StoryCorps and helping develop new podcasts.

Culture in the Cosmos: AfroFuturism, Hip-Hop, and Black Joy

Is space really the place? In this episode, we discuss the roots of AfroFuturism in music and popular culture, and how Southern Hip-Hop became a prominent outlet for expression. Plus, what’s AfroFuturism without Future?

Strip du Soliel: Make It Reign

Is strip club culture in Southern Hip-Hop on the decline? In this episode we navigate the mystique and the microeconomics of one of the most talked about aspects of Hip-Hop in the South. Does reality match the (American) dream?

Study Hall: Hip-Hop from the Schoolhouse to the Ivy League

Where does Hip-Hop fit in the halls of academia? In this episode we discuss Hip-Hop Scholarship’s roots in journalism and how it has evolved at colleges and universities across the country.

Know Justice, Know Peace: Hip-Hop as Protest

How does Hip-Hop change the world as a space for Civil Rights protest? From 2 Live Crew to Jeezy to Kap G, Southern Hip-Hop artists continue to create space for Civil Rights messages in their music.

The Sounds of Multiple Souths

Who said the South had to sound the same? Christina and Regina take a road trip from Virginia to New Orleans to highlight the past and present of the Southern “sound”.

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