In the talk they will discuss the academically “peer-reviewed” rap album, i used to love to dream,
its composition, development, and the process of publishing it with University of Michigan Press.
They will also brieﬂy discuss the projects that precede i used to love to dream—his 2017
dissertation album and digital archive, Owning My Masters: The Rhetorics of Rhymes & Revolutions,
and Sleepwalking, vols. 1 & 2.
A.D. Carson is an award-winning performance artist and educator from Decatur, Illinois. He received
a Ph.D. from Clemson University in Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design. His album,
Owning My Masters: The Rhetorics of Rhymes & Revolutions, was recognized by Green Left Weekly as
one of the best political albums of 2017. It was also named Clemson University’s Outstanding
Dissertation that year. His most recent album, i used to love to dream, is published with
University of Michigan Press. Stream or download his music free at http://aydeethegreat.com. Dr.
Carson is assistant professor of Hip Hop in the Department of Music at the University of Virginia.