the wonder week
In partnership with the McIntire Music Department, the UVA Music Arts Board, chaired by Ryan Maguire & Walter Floyd, hosted 9th Wonder, a Grammy Award Winning Producer, Record Executive, DJ, College Lecturer, and Social Activist, for its Spring 2017 Artist Residency. 9th Wonder’s musical collaborators have included megastars as Jay-Z, Destiny’s Child, Mary J Blige, Erykah Badu, Ludacris, and most recently Kendrick Lamar and Rapsody. The residency featured various student workshops and performances, as well as opportunities for students to work in close contact with 9th Wonder and culminated in a public lecture on the history of hip-hop in the UVA Rotunda and a performance by 9th Wonder at the Jefferson Theater in downtown Charlottesville. The residency opened a space for students to reflect on the intermeshing of hip-hop, race, and music in a broader context.