Week 12 (Apr 12): Analysis Symposium #3

For our final analysis symposium, we’ll be looking at two recent R&B/hip-hop hits that borrow elements from soul. Both “Same Drugs” and “Broken Clocks” are very interesting lyrically, timbrally, and tonally.


Your groups should use Slack to collaborate. I can view your channel but I will not be receiving notifications from it, so ping me (using the @ symbol) if you have a question.

  • You will begin with individual analyses. Make a selfie-style video explaining what you discovered in the piece. The video should be at least 5 minutes long, but no more than 10. You may wish to make some kind of visual to help illustrate your points, but this is not required.
  • By Friday, submit this video in two places: uploading to your designated Slack channel and uploading on Blackboard. The Slack channel is for discussion with your peers, while Blackboard is for evaluation and grading by me.
  • After submitting their individual analysis, each group member will use Slack to discuss how their findings interact with those of the other members. Approach discussion like a chat conversation rather than a response essay—ask people questions, wait for their replies—just have a conversation! Don’t be too stiff. Your participation in this discussion will earn another grade. I’ll evaluate these discussions on Monday of next week.
  • I will grade both your discussion and your individual analysis as separate grades. Rubrics are always available on Blackboard.
  • If you wish, you may revise your individual analysis in light of what you learned during the group discussion. Submit your revisions in the same place as your original on Blackboard, as a second attempt. You can make a new video if you like or you may submit something written if that’s easier. In the “comments” box on Blackboard, you must accompany your analysis with a paragraph explaining how the discussion influenced your analysis. Your revised grade will be averaged with your original grade.


You will be assessed individually in two parts.

Your individual analysis should incorporate form, lyrics, and tonality.

In your Slack discussion, you should

  • respond lucidly to any questions asked to you
  • comprehend what others have said to you
  • demonstrate familiarity with both pieces
  • make comparisons with other group members’ analyses
  • make strong analytical points

A full rubric for each component can be viewed on Blackboard.