A Kanye West text book.

I couldn’t let this little tid bit go by…

Here’s the book’s full synopsis::

The ability of popular art to offer societal critiques and challenge received ideas has been recognized throughout history. Through rap and hip hop, composers, singers, and entertainers have recently provided a voice questioning and challenging the sanctioned view of the times. This book offers an in-depth reading of the works and cultural impact of Kanye West. Looking at the moral and social implications of West’s words, images, and music in the broader context of Western civilization’s preconceived ideas, the contributors consider how West both challenges religious and moral norms and propagates them.

I think Kanye is a polarizing figure for different reasons at different times in his career, at the very least its been interesting, but I think there is be something to said when popular music artists are placed in the context of say, an impactful political or social figure. Then again, pop music influences millions, so they are ripe for examination.

2 thoughts on “A Kanye West text book.

  1. When will we ever arrive at a point where we do not need “celebrities” to drive anything worth a damn? I mean really? I just do not think he has even been around long enough for this kind of acclaim; I would much rather see someone else like you mentioned (a political or social figure) in this position…not Kanye.

    • probably when we stop valuing entertainment more than education? when football coaches make millions of dollars a year, and the average teacher barely cracks 40k, it tells you a lot.

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