Kendrick Lamar Joins School Syllabus
If any class offered to us in college promised analyzing one of Hip-Hop’s most topically cohesive albums, we’d think twice before hitting the snooze button.
Georgia Regents University’s Fall 2014 English-Lit roster does just that with Good Kids, Mad Cities, a nod to rapper Kendrick Lamar’s 2012 album of the same name.
According to the university’s official course listing, Professor Adam Diehl will "examine the role of urban living on the development of young people. In Kendrick’s case, ‘the streets sure to release the worst side of my best’ (Lamar 58). By studying and analyzing various literature, films, and K. Dot’s album, we will consider what effects our characters’ surroundings have on who they become as adults." A thoughtful and culturally nuanced album–a fact which is wholly proven in title track "M.A.A.d. City"–good kids contains a bed of workable material.
In an interview with The Fader, Diehl says the class will include other influencers from urban communities, like Spike Lee and Gwyndolen Brooks, with a similar message.
If all goes as planned, we’ll have a hoard of co-eds philosophizing the true meaning of "Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe" in no time.
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