Wind Dell Woods is a playwright and scholar. His research focuses on Hip Hop aesthetics in contemporary theater and performance. His dissertation “Pleading the Fifth Element: Disaesthetics and Hip Hop as Black Study” engages in a meta-critique of the critical and creative discourse in the fields of Hip Hop Studies and Hip Hop Theater. Woods disrupts the traditional tendency to freeze Hip Hop as an object. Rather, he reemploys Hip Hop as a method of study with the capacity to layer, sample, and (re)mix theories and analyses into a meta-critical cypher, a type of Hip Hop Praxis.