- Event Start: 4th May 2017, 8:30pm
- Event Type:
This House Believes Kanye is More Relevant Than Shakespeare
Speakers in Proposition:
- Ossian Ward - Leading art critic and head of content at the Lisson Gallery. He is a former editor of the V&A magazine, and visual arts editor for Time Out London.
- Jensen Karp - Former freestyle rapper in Los Angeles and current popular podcast host. He wrote Kanye West Owes Me $300, describing his experiences as an aspiring rap artist.
- Big Narstie - Rapper and MC with a ten year career producing such hits as They Don’t Know and When the Bassline Drops with Craig David. He is also famous for his hit YouTube series Uncle Pain.
Speakers in Opposition:
- Justin Hunte - LA-based hip hop reviewer, former editor-in-chief of prominent industry website HipHopDX and host of hip-hop podcast The Breakdown.
- Anthony Anaxagorou - Acclaimed poet, publisher, and author for national television and radio. He is the first young poet to win the London Mayor’s Slam Poetry award.
- Prof Elizabeth Schafer - Professor of Drama at Royal Holloway University, whose research has a particular focus on Shakespeare's plays in modern contextual production and performance
Prior to this debate, the Emergency Debate will be held at 7.45pm on the motion : This House Believes Music Streaming is Killing the Independent Artist
With many thanks to the following who have generously donated floor prizes for the Main Debate: