Four Four Beat Project


The Four Four Beat Project, originally established in 2007 as the HipHop2020 Curriculum Project, is a digital pedagogies initiative seeded in 2012 by the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) and the School of Education at Virginia Tech. Four Four is rooted in the restoration, preservation, and digitization of original hip hop-based cultural artifacts for K-12 and post-secondary educational purposes. Boasting the first hip hop archive located at an institute of technology in the American South, our mission is to become the “Quik-Trip” of hip hop-based educational research. That is, the one-stop shop for accessible resources concerning hip hop-based pedagogy, praxis, research, preservation, and evaluation. We are uniquely situated at the nexus of art, music, culture, and education. As we raise the volume on hip hop-based pedagogies, we remain committed to the needs of the next generation of under-represented leaders, innovators, and change agents. Every thing we do and every decision we make is filtered through the mission of critically engaging the authentic leadership capacities of youth and youth influencers, as well as exposing the next generation of innovators to STEM-based professional opportunities.


  • Preserve collections of hip hop based artifacts, technology tools, and cross-genre musical productions in various formats for educational purposes.
  • Make the artifacts accessible both physically and digitally for educational purposes.
  • Develop curriculum and programming that utilizes these materials as tools for integrating STEM and fostering development of the leadership and social justice capacities of youth and youth influencers.
  • Serve as a resource for educators, teachers, students, community activists, musicians, engineers, and anyone interested in the intersections of hip-hop based education, art, music, and technology.

Picture showing Michael Webster and Joycelyn Wilson going through the albums before transporting to VT.

Name Department College
Joycelyn Wilson School of Education College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
Collaborative Colleges: 
Liberal Arts & Human Sciences
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