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Jay Z and Kanye West's Friendship Subject of College Course
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 01.24.2014



If you're looking to bone up on your intellectual skills regarding the friendship between Jay Z and Kanye West, you're in luck. Consequence of Sound reports that the University of Missouri is offering a course examining the rappers' friendship and status, as taught by Andrew Hoberek.

The course has the following goals for the study, as outlined in the syllabus:

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?
3. How does their rise to both celebrity and corporate power alter what we understand as the American dream?

Hoberek said of the course, "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."





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