Felicia Angeja Viator

About Felicia

Felicia Angeja Viator is Assistant Professor of History at San Francisco State University. Before teaching she was known as "DJ Neta," one of the first women DJs in the Bay Area's hip-hop and dancehall scenes. That perspective has informed her research and helped her write with authority about music culture. Her acclaimed book To Live and Defy in LA: How Gangsta Rap Changed America––the first book about rap ever published by Harvard University Press––is a history of hip-hop’s commercial trajectory. It is also a story about Los Angeles myths, bad cops, punk rock panics, MTV, and so much drama in the LBC.

LECTURE KEY TERMS George Floyd Rodney King 1992 Los Angeles Uprising Oscar Grant Fruitvale Station MTV Yo! MTV Raps Fab 5 Freddy Daryl Gates “carotid hold” “gang sweeps” NWA, “Straight Outta Compton” NWA, “Fuck tha Police” Ice Cube PRIMARY SOURCES: MUSIC VIDEOS NWA, “Straight Outta Compton” (1989) 2Pac, “Trapped” (1991) KRS-One, “Sound of da Police” (1993)… MORE


KEY TERMS FOR THIS INTERVIEW LECTURE Follow along and take notes on the who, what, when, where, and historical significance for each major key term. The “Migrant City” The “Black Promised Land” W.E.B. DuBois The “color line” de facto segregation The Watts Rebellion (1965) The Black Panther Party Crack (or “rock”) cocaine 1984 Olympic Games… MORE