Exeter’s Mama Stones - whose most famous star Joss Stone met Prince Harry this week - is doing its bit to raise awareness about mental health
Hip-hop culture is being used as a vehicle for a special event at night spot on Thursday October 17 ,
Although the lyrics of hip hop music are often associated with swearing, rapping about money and the exploitation of women, there are also rappers whose unfiltered narration goes beyond this by describing the harsh realities of their world and the coping mechanisms employed by some young people.
The University of Exeter’s Centre for Medical History is hosting the evening event with the co-founders of ‘HIP HOP PSYCH’, consultant psychiatrist Dr Akeem Sule and clinical neuroscientist Dr Becky Inkster to challenge stereotypes by removing the stigma surrounding mental health and hip-hop.
For this event, they will be focusing on dissecting and analysing a range of hip-hop lyrics in order to demystify mental health. I
Dr Inkster said: “Another one of our goals beyond dissecting hip hop lyrics for mental health references is to work with people to write lyrics that are informed by mental health as a means for helping them to communicate and understand their feelings. The fact that people are trying to communicate through hip-hop music and culture is an incredible opportunity for us to listen.
The HIP HOP PSYCH event is free-of-charge, open to members of the public who are over 16 years of age, and it comes with a parental advisory, explicit content warning. It starts at 7.30pm, Mama Stone’s, Mary Arches Street, Exeter EX4 3BA.