University of Missouri has class on Jay Z and Kanye West

Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The University of Missouri is offering a class about the relationship between rappers Jay Z and Kanye West. They started offering the course first during the fall of 2013.  The class is called “Jay-Z and Kanye West.”

From Consequence of Sound:

English 2169 looks at the duo’s intertwined careers 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?”

Instructor Andrew Hoberek said in an interview with Consequence of Sound:

“I really do think that these guys are warming up to the level of major poets, and not many people think of it in those terms. Because it’s not just on a page, but it’s video art, too. So, we looked at how those complicated the questions, and how do books about poetry help us to understand rap with Jay and Kanye at the forefront. We looked at the larger history of rap as an art form. Specifically, how, especially with Blueprint 3 and Yeezus, there’s an identifiable push to get beyond what’s happening in the art form. They’re very much like painters and novelists in the 20th century, moving beyond the confines of the art form’s boundaries.”

Topics: Jay-Z, Kanye West, Missouri Tigers

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  • kcfirechief

    Rap is crap

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