Wednesday, August 17, 2016

An African American lit. course: "Hip Hop & Black Consciousness"

[The course description for my ENG 343 course this semester.]

"My emancipation don't fit your equation.” —Lauryn Hill

“I'm like Che Guevara with bling on, I'm complex
I never claimed to have wings on
[Ninja], I get my ‘by any means’ on…” —Jay Z

Listen. You already know what this class is about: the ways hip hop folks infuse ideas associated with Malcolm X, struggles for liberation, and serious knowledge into the culture. You know the deal too: we’ll listen to, analyze, and discuss works by Nas, Lauryn, Jay Elect, Kendrick, B.I.G. K.R.I.T, Dre 3000, and obviously the “God” (Rakim). In the process of thinking about black consciousness in hip hop, we’ll seek to enhance our own consciousness. You down?


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