Higher learning in Hip Hop? Jay Z and Kanye Inspire Professor To Offer College Course

| January 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Jay Z and Kanye West

Andrew Hoberek, a professor at the University Of Missouri: Department of English stumbled upon a great idea while listening to Jay Z and Kanye West. Hoberek, who “teaches courses in twentieth-century American literature and cultural theory,” decided to offer a course inspired by both rappers. English 2169: Jay-Z and Kanye West is a course created by Hoberek that was first available for enrollment Fall 2013. Before you jump the gun on how outrageous this is the class actually has logic and understanding implemented.

Course Description:
MWF 11-11:50

“This course looks at the career and work of Jay-Z and Kanye West from three perspectives: (1) Where do they fit within, and how do they change, the history of hip-hop music?

(2) How is what they do similar to and different from what poets do?, and;

(3) How does their rise to both celebrity and corporate power alter what we understand as the American  dream? In addition to listening to music and watching videos, we will also read Jay-Z’s Decoded; histories of and critical works on rap music by Jeff Chang, Adam Bradley,  and others; and one or two good studies of how poetry works.”

Time NewsFeed recently wrote about the college course. (Click Here)

The course will not be all fun and games…we suspect some pretty lengthy papers will be involved.

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