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US University offers course in Kanye West and Jay Z

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An American university has begun offering a course in the relationship between Kanye West and Jay Z.

The academic course at the University of Missouri will apparently probe both the friendship and linked career paths of corporate ‘hip hop’s’ biggest products. And while it may perhaps sound ludicrous at first, it may actually turn out to be an interesting sociological and psychological case study. It is certainly easy to envisage it as an examination of ego, power, and the paradox of exploiting a community while at the same time being its hero. The three principal threads of study will be:

- "Where do they fit within, and how do they change, the history of hip-hop music?

- How is what they do similar to and different from what poets do?

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

Andrew Hoberek, who is in charge of the course explained: "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 West 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."

This is not the first time Jay Z has popped up in a university. The prestigious Georgetown University has offered courses in the sociology of Jay Z while academic Julius Bailey is set to publish a paper on the "examination of the zeitgeist known as Yeezy". We just wonder if that ‘examination’ shouldn’t perhaps best take place in some sort of mental institution.

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