Kendrick Lamar’s ‘good kid, m.A.A.D city’ Enters College Curriculum

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Kendrick Lamar is a notoriously private person. An even-keeled one, too.

With the rap world prying at any hint of a release date for his highly-anticipated new album, establishing a buzz is the least of K-Dot’s concerns. It’s “highly-anticipated” for a reason. That’s because its predecessor, 2012’s good kid, m.A.A.d city, is as close to universally loved as damn-near any project to drop in the last decade.

Delivering the goods with a new album when you’re one of the biggest rappers in the world is already stressful enough. Knowing your previous work is the subject of a college course? Well, the ante increased exponentially.

Georgia Regents University instructor lecturer Adam Diehl is incorporating the LP into his freshman composition course. The class, which began yesterday, centers around works in the vein of James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Gwendolyn Brooks’ Selected Poems, James Baldwin’s Going to Meet the Man, John Singleton’s 1991 groundbreaking film Boyz N The Hood and GKMC.

“I decided to center the class on good kid, m.A.A.d city because I think Kendrick Lamar is the James Joyce of Hip Hop–i.e. in the complexity of his storytelling, in his knowledge of the canon, and in his continuing focus on the city of his upbringing—Compton,” said Diehl in interview with HipHopDX. “The class will hopefully produce much discussion about the issues that Joyce/Baldwin/Brooks/Singleton/Lamar raise, and hopefully the content of the class will inspire students to find an outlet to bring some sanity to our own mad city–Augusta.”

Diehl admits the historical significance of the album has yet to be determined. October marks two years since its release. Yet, between the project’s narratives, lyricism, depth and transparency, Diehl’s choice is beyond warranted.

So, yeah, all that was said to say this.

Don’t be expecting that new Kendrick album until sometime in 2015.


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