The University Of Missouri will be offering a pretty interesting class beginning in the fall. “Jay Z and Kanye West” is a course in which students will examine the relationship between the two rappers. The instructor of the class explained the course and how he sees the two MCs as poets.
“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,” says Andrew Hoberek, the class’s instructor. ”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.”
TIME magazine recently published an article about the class and agree that the two rappers are worth learning about in a classroom.
“Jay Z and Kanye’s projects are now multidisciplinary, mingling visual and performance arts as integral elements of their albums and concerts, to a greater extent than their predecessors,” the article says. “And their collaborations inform their solo projects. All of this is worth exploring in an academic setting.”