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Being a White Journalist in the Hip Hop Industry

  • Tucson Hip Hop Festival 191 East Toole Avenue Tucson, AZ, 85701 United States (map)

Soren Baker has had more than 3,500 articles published in such publications as the NYTimesLos Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, XXL Magazine, The Source and The Maryland native has penned liner notes for albums by 2Pac, Ice Cube, N.W.A, Gang Starr and others. The former News Editor of, Baker has also worked on television programs for VH1 and Fuse and has sold a movie script. With Xzibit, Baker was the co-host of Open Bar Radio on 93.5 KDAY in Los Angeles. He has also written and produced DVDs for Tech N9ne and Chingy. He is the author of 2006's "The Music Library: The History of Rap and Hip-Hop" and 2011's "I'm The White Guy - The Tech N9ne Edition" and "I'm The White Guy - The Jay-Z Edition." Baker has co-authored books with Game, Glasses Malone, Young Bleed and Murs, and has three books on the Baltimore Ravens. In 2016, he launched Unique Access Ent., which has logged more than 1.2 million YouTube views. Baker has interviewed N.W.A's MC Ren, G Perico, MC Eiht, and Nice & Smooth, among others, for the channel.

In this panel discussion, moderator and Tucson Hip Hop Festival Director, Jocelyn Valencia will sit down with Soren and discuss his experience in the Hip Hop industry as a white journalist. As well as cover other seemingly taboo conversation topics. 

To attend this conversation, purchase your ticket online here or at the Rialto Theatre box office.

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