Timothy N. Welbeck, Esq.




Timothy Welbeck represents, literally and figuratively. He is an emcee, attorney and educator who has crafted a stirring brand of music that is thought-provoking and relevant, honest and life-changing. The Forethought chronicles Timothy’s journey as an artist, attorney, and professor, while illustrating the dynamics of the various roles he holds. It also serves as an introduction to his latest album—No City for Young Men.

Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist and humanitarian Wyclef Jean visited the class, led by Timothy Welbeck, to talk about his experiences in Haiti that shaped his career.
GRAMMY Award-winning, multi-platinum hip-hop artist and humanitarian Wyclef Jean paid a special visit to "Hip-Hop and Black Culture" on Friday October 13, 2017 to discuss his iconic career in the recording industry, his humanitarian work, and his latest album "Carnival III: The Fall and Rise of a Refugee."
Got the chance to catch gems from the OG Wyclef Jean when he visited Temple University Professor Timothy Welbeck's Hip-Hop & Black Culture course. Shot by: @ginabenigno_ & @hqlou

May You Ever (Official Video)

Published on Feb 27, 2017

Artist: Timothy Welbeck
Song: May You Ever
Album: No City for Young Men
Production: Tone Jonez
Director: Timothy Welbeck

May You Ever is a moving single from Timothy Welbeck’s forthcoming album No City for Young Men. The song, featuring production from Tone Jonez, seeks to affirm the beauty, dignity, brilliance, and accomplishments of black women, a group Malcolm X once proclaimed is the most disrespected group in America. In it, he raps: "May you ever, sojourn for the truth like Isabella/Be regal the way Michelle does/May you ever, raise up kings like Coretta/Be courageous like Harriet was … May you ever, break ground like Venus and Serena/Sing of freedom like Lena/May you ever, inspire like Septima/Bring the fire like Nina ..." In so doing, encourages women to continue into the remarkable example of these iconic women, and celebrates the often overlooked contributions of black women to society at large.   In describing the song, Timothy said, “The entire idea was to leverage the power of hip-hop to convey the intrinsic value, beauty, brilliance, and poise of women, particularly black women.  I make specific reference to black women, not as a means to exclude others (all who find encouragement in this, please do), but to specifically affirm a group whose worth is routinely questioned, and whose contributions are regularly overlooked. It is as my friend Ekemini Uwan often says, “Change the narrative.’”  In his self-directed video to accompany the song, he features his wife and two daughters, along with other accomplished women from his local Philadelphia area as a means to celebrate the remarkable achievements of everyday women.

You may read the lyrics, along with annotations here.

Revolt TV segment

Published on Mar 1, 2017

Erin Simon, Content Strategist and Producer for REVOLT TV, visited Timothy's Hip-Hop and Black Culture at Temple University on to film a segment documenting how Timothy uses hip-hop culture to examine the African American experience, and further documents how he uses a variety of instructional methods in the classroom.

Hip-Hop and Black Culture, is a course within the Department of Africology and African American Studies designed to lead its students into in-depth analysis of hip-hop as a cultural expression, as well as the relevance of hiphop’s role as the preeminent modern black aesthetic and the definitive cultural expression of this generation. The primary focus of this course is to provide a comprehensive foundation for understanding the relevance of hip-hop’s role in the modern African American experience, its representation and misrepresentation of African Americans, as well as its role as a vehicle of expression that articulates cultural norms translated into socially acceptable sounds.  Timothy has taught the course since the fall of 2011, and incorporates a variety of instructional methods, including rapping in class, to explore course content. REVOLT TV learned of the course, and sought to cover the innovative methods and material Timothy uses in class.

The Souls of Black Folk (official video)

Published on Aug 8, 2016

Artist: Timothy Welbeck
Song: The Souls of Black Folk feat. Dozzy Daniel
Album: No City for Young Men
Production: Tone Jonez
Director: Clark Kennedy

The Souls of Black Folk is a captivating single from Timothy Welbeck’s forthcoming album No City for Young Men. The song, which features exquisite production from Antonio “Tone Jonez” Jones and a stand out guest appearance from Dozzy Daniel, is inspired by W.E.B. Du Bois' seminal work of the same name. The song alludes to Du Bois' "The Souls of Black Folk", James Weldon Johnson and John Rosamond Johnson’s Lift Ev'ry Voice, while still ringing true of hip-hop. 

The video, directed by Clark Kennedy, chronicles the vibrance of a small church whose building is bombed by people incensed by the pastor's community activism. In so doing, the video captures the harrowing reality African Americans have endured throughout their collective history, particularly as it relates to the terror imposed by reoccurring attacks on traditional black churches. Regrettably, the video has become all the more relevant in light of news of six church bombings across the nation within the past year.

You may read the lyrics, along with their annotations here

Tiny Desk Style Performance at temple university (The Forethought)

Published on Jan 29, 2017

Timothy Welbeck teamed up with Hype Fresh Magazine again to film a Tiny Desk-themed performance for consideration to appear on the endearing NPR series of the same name. In this snippet of his recorded performance, Timothy performs "No City for Young Men: The Forethought." The song is the introduction to Timothy Welbeck's forthcoming album entitled, No City for Young Men. The song, produced by Tone Jonez, provides compelling anecdotes from Timothy's personal narrative, and describe how they shaped him into the man he is today.

Tiny Desk Style Performance at Temple University (Rap and Ball 2.0)

Published on Feb 1, 2016

Timothy recently teamed up with Hype Fresh Magazine to film a Tiny Desk-themed performance for consideration to appear on the endearing NPR series of the same name. In this snippet of his recorded performance, Timothy performs Rap and Ball 2.0. Rap and Ball 2.0 is the compelling second single from Timothy's forthcoming album entitled, No City for Young Men. The song, produced by the incomparable Tone Jonez, challenges children and young people alike to pursue their dreams, yet to fortify that pursuit with expectations that the transcend the desire for fame. In essence, Timothy raps about the perils of only aspiring to "rap" and "play ball."

Roxboro Roundtable Guest Lecture/Performance at Philadelphia University

Published on Dec 6, 2016

In the fall of 2016, Timothy offered a historic performance/lecture at Philadelphia University as part of its Roxboro Roundtable series. In the performance/lecture, entitled "No City for Young Men: Hip-Hop and the Narrative of Marginalization," Timothy explored how hip-hop communicates the lived experiences of those who live in urban centers across the nation, particularly African American men living in major cities. He examined phenomena such as abject poverty and "benign neglect," drug culture, the school-to-prison pipeline, mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex, police brutality, the historical context of slavery, et cetera. The primary focus of the lecture and performance was to provide a foundation for understanding how urban policy initiatives shape the lives of people living in urban centers across the nation. A significant portion of the lecture/performance focused on the relevance of hip-hop’s role in expressing the modern African American experience.  In so doing, he performed five songs from his forthcoming album of the same name, and thereby brought hip-hop to the Roxboro House for the first time in its 250+ year history.  Timothy stood in the same place Thomas Jefferson once did, and challenged the nation's history of racial oppression, all to the tune of hip-hop.

Kareem "Biggs" Burke Interview

Published on Dec 8, 2016

In the fall of 2016, Timothy interviewed Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Kareem "Biggs" Burke in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the release of Jay Z's Reasonable Doubt (#RD20).  The two discussed his role in building a global empire, the impact of Reasonable Doubt, the pioneering nature of Roc-A-Fella Records on and off the stage, why Jay Z is the greatest rapper of all time, the role of Philadelphia in expanding the reach of the label, and much more. 

Emalohi Iruobe Interview

Published on Dec 30, 2015

Attorney, poet, photographer, and entrepreneur - Emalohi Iruobe ("Ema" as she is more commonly known), founder of Aimanosi has created “beautiful, luxurious and well-fitted lingerie” for women of all shapes and sizes. Derived from Emalohi’s personal struggle to find “well-made intimate apparel while she resided in Nigeria”. HYPEFRESH's very own Timothy Welbeck sits down with Ema in this exclusive one on one chat. Check it out.

Lecrae visit to Hip-Hop and Black Culture at Temple University

Published on Nov 7, 2016

GRAMMY Award Winning hip-hop artist and New York Times best selling author Lecrae visited Timothy's Hip-Hop and Black Culture course at Temple University for an exclusive interview ranging from an array of topics: Lecrae's exponential growth over the course of the past four years, the price of fame, his measure of success, his growth and evolution as a man, his latest work, reconnecting with Sho Baraka, and much more. 

Paul Lee Interview

Published on Nov 12, 2016

Timothy Welbeck introduced UBIQ's Creative Brand Director and Buyer to his Hip-Hop and Black Culture course for a one-on-one discussion exploring Paul's discovery of UBIQ, his crucial role at the company, alongside his take on hip-hop's influence on the fashion industry, hip-hop's continuous influence on culture, and whether Yeezy has jumped over Jumpman.

In Class Performance

Published on Nov 19, 2014

When Timothy's students in Hip-Hop and Black Culture learned that he raps, they asked to hear a bit of what he does. This is an excerpt of that; great times ensued.