An Exploration In Music Culture
A song that was originally written for Rhianna, Grimes released her latest track, “Go” this past June. This track is a representation of the artist’s pop-forward direction for her fourth album. After listening to the track, I was greatly impressed and ecstatic to hear what she has in store for us in the next few months.
Sadly, Grimes just announced today that she is going to scrap the new album and start from scratch.
Adam Diehl, professor at Georgia Regents University, has based his entire english class off of Kendrick Lamar's Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City. The class is called “Good Kids, Mad Cities” and the goal is to explore stories similar to those shared by Kendrick Lamar. Some of the reading includes the works of Gwendolyn Brooks, James Baldwin, and James Joyce.
Here’s the description of the class as given on the school’s website:
Taking its name from Kendrick Lamar’s 2012 album, this course will examine the role of urban living on the development of young people. In Kendrick’s case, “the streets sure to release the worst side of my best” (Lamar 58). By studying and analyzing various literature, films, and K. Dot’s album, we will consider what effects our characters’ surroundings have on who they become as adults. The cities we will be visiting, in our imaginations, are Dublin, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Assignments will include a substantial research paper, stemming from the topics inherent in our texts; students should also expect other writing assignments, such as short papers and online discussion posts.
This was one of the best hip-hop albums ever made and it was one of the albums listed in Cream of the Crop 2012. On Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, Kendrick Lamar chronicles his life living in Compton. By having his album become the basis of a college English course, only solidifies how significant Good Kid, M.A.A.D City is lyrically and musically.
I envy all the students of Georgia Regents University who will have the privilege of taking this course.
A few days ago, one of my good friends and aspiring writer/comedian, Joel Barber challenged me to update this blog every week for next six months. In doing this, he will kindly donate $100 to a charity of my choice. Likewise, I returned the favor and challenged him to produce 4 episodes of his podcast, “The Barbershop Podcast” in the next six months. Once this feat is achieved, I will also donate $100 to a charity of his choice.
The thing that I love about this is that it gives us an opportunity to really push ourselves creatively and get our work out there. Plus, the fact that it’s for a good cause motivates us even more.
This is going to be an exciting six months.