Through rap and hip hop, entertainers have provided a voice questioning and challenging the sanctioned view of society. Examining the moral and social implications of Kanye West's art in the context of Western civilization's preconceived ideas, the contributors consider how West both challenges religious and moral norms and propagates them.
|Publisher:||Palgrave Macmillan US|
|Edition description:||1st ed. 2014|
|Product dimensions:||5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)|
About the Author
ShaDawn Battle, University of Cincinnati, USA
Dawn Boeck, Texas A and M University, USA
Regina Bradley, Florida State University, USA
A.D. Carson, University of South Carolina, USA
Tommy Curry, Texas A and M University, USA
Akil Houston, Ohio University, USA
John Jennings, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Nicholas Krebs, Purdue University, USA
David J. Leonard, Washington State University, USA
Heidi Lewis, Colorado College, USA
Monica R. Miller, Lewis and Clark University, USA
Mark Anthony Neal, Duke University, USA
Tim'm West, Artist and Activist
Table of ContentsForeword; Davey D Preface ; Julius Bailey PART I: REVISITING THE PHARMAKON: ARTISTIC GIFTS/HUMAN COMPLEXITIES 1. Now I Ain't Saying He's a 'Crate Digger': Kanye West and the Soul Archive; Mark Anthony Neal 2. Kanye West: Asterisk Genius?; Akil Houston 3. Afrofuturism: The Visual Imagery of Kanye West; Reynaldo Anderson and John Jennings 4. You got Kanyed: Seen But Not Heard; David J. Leonard 5. 'An Examination of the Kanye West Higher Education Trilogy; Heidi R. Lewis PART II: UNPACKING HETERO-NORMATIVITY AND COMPLICATING RACE AND GENDER 6. 'By Any Means Necessary': Kanye West and the Hypermasculine Construct; Sha'Dawn Battle 7. Kanye West's Sonic Cosmopolitanism; Regina Bradley 8. 'Hard to Get Straight' Kanye West, Masculine Anxiety, Dis-identification; Tim'm West 9. You Can't Stand the Nigger I See!: Kanye West's Analysis of Anti-Black Death; Tommy Curry PART III: THEORIZING THE AESTHETIC, THE POLITICAL, AND THE EXISTENTIAL 10. When Apollo and Dionysus Clash: A Nietzschean perspective on the work of Kanye West"; Julius Bailey 11. The God of the New Slaves or Slave to a Religion and a God?; Monica Miller 12. Trimalchio From Chicago: Flashing Lights & The Great Kanye in West Egg; A.D. Carson 13. Confidently (Non)cognizant of Neoliberalism: Kanye West and the Interruption of Taylor Swift; Nick Krebs 14. Kanye Omari West: Visions of Modernity; Dawn Boeck
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
So I heard Julius Bailey speak about this project online (Youtube) and it caught my attention that he said this book was birthed from a course taught on Kanye West. My first impression was this guy cant be serious. But as I convinced my boss to buy this EXPENSIVE hardcover book for me, I was immediately floored by its seriousness. I am not sure if Kanye paid Professor Bailey and his friends to engage with his body of work to the level that they did but if he didn't, he SHOULD. Bailey begins this project very accessibly and the prolific writer, Mark Anthony Neal grabs the ball and dives head first into Kanye's Soulful journey into sound. I wish the Regina Bradley (don't know her) article was next to it because they both deal with Kanye's sound. An interesting discussion on the "genius" of Kanye took place in the 3rd chapter and from there it was TOP FLIGHT. I haven't gone to college in 13 years but WOW...Bailey's article itself, which dealt with the German philosopher Nietzsche and Kanye's video "No Church in the Wild" was excellent analysis and proof that I this guy knows what he is doing. I can go on and on about the levels of SURPRISE this book offers but I would be here all day. I want to give this book to my friends so they can read it but I am afraid it will get lost (considering it cost $80). But all I can say is, after chapter 5, bring a dictionary and grab a drink cause this is KANYE 2.0 (if you will). SALUTE to Professor Bailey. I read his Jay-Z volume and wasn't nearly as impressed with the level of writing as this Kanye one. He does have a couple of contributors back on this project (A.D. Carson and ShaDawn Battle) but this project is definitely the best book I have read in 2014 (mind you I have only read 8).
I am sure that I am only one of a thousand or two readers (if not more) who said... DAAYYYYYUM $95 for a BOOK. What is this? Does if come with a free concert ticket? Let me first say, shame on whomever (The Publisher Palgrave, Julius Bailey, Kanye whoever) had the grand idea to charge the public almost a hundred dollars for a book. Now with that said, I was able to use my research expense account in my grad program to get a copy of this book and I AM GLAD I DID. The Cover alone is enough to catch your attention then who, in American Pop Culture, is more polarizing of a figure than Kanye West. Kudos to Bailey for the vision. To the review... The book opens with a sage and straightforward discussion of Kanye as an archivist of musical history. Heavily influenced on the Soul sound of Chicago, this chapter informs the reader and takes you on a ride into the background of Kanye's mind of music history. Easy read, well-researched, and absolutely informative. Then a catchy discussion of Kanye as a Genius (with an asterisk)...Catchy title but more critical thinking follows in the chapter. There are many geniuses, I guess. In science, in math, in sport and business but in rap? Well, this chapter challenges the notion and pushes the definition of genius, through an interesting baseball metaphor and it really does the trick.. NEAT CHAPTER. The Kanye Trilogy piece and the You got Kanye'd felt a bit political or driven my some ulterior motive other than education as such. I wasn't fond of them just cause I felt attacked and not inspired about justice/injustice in America. The interesting arguments begin to swell with a discussion of Kanye's Cosmopolitan sound and how he displays masculinity then the following chapter pushes the masculinity chapter further and even engages in the "hip hop and sexism debate". But this isn't a typical Hip Hop hates women discussion, it is rooted in an interested argument of psychological baggage and distrust (not hatred) of women. I found it provocative! The next chapter moves you into a race/gender argument of Kanye as a Black Man with a Black Penis. I am not sure this will resonate well with young folk reading this book (as maybe the first 3-4 chapters could) but it sure was interesting, and well crafted reading (Though I admit to being lost at times in the language used). Then if you were all pumped and primed with adrenaline from these sections, the last section gets you ready for the "classroom experience". Kanye and Nietzsche; Kanye and God; Kanye and The Great Gatsby; Kanye and Neo-liberalistic sensibilities etc... THIS WAS GREAT!!! I felt like these should be "chapters on tape", maybe a study guide given or questions at the end to answer in class discussion. I never knew Julius Bailey's work before but I am a fan of his organization of this book and how he leads the reader on a mental climb. This book is a hidden gem (and it may remain hidden for the cost). If you can get a hold of it, I suggest you do so...
A little to much for me. sorry. •_•
Not a fan of Kanye but saw this book online via perezhilton. Funny huh... I thought so. I am a professional woman, junior/mid management at a Marketing firm. The only reason I was remotely curious about this book was due to a former client of mine being one of Kanye's G.O.O. D Music signees. Well, I am not sure who Julius Bailey is in the industry ( I did some homework and see he has written a number of books and articles in Vibe but doesn't seem like an insider). Because of this I was hesitant to read it but Friday morning my niece, who is a student at Duke University called me and asked if I would buy this book for her because her professor, Mark Anthony Neal was featured in the Bailey project. So, long story short... I read the book yesterday and I was more than impressed. Well organized, polished, creative and even witty at times. This is a collection of essays, not a single-authored text but most of the articles were top notch. I would've loved to read more from a few of the writers (Neal, Bailey, Houston, Bradley...they all blew me away in their chapters). Not to say it was bad or poorly written but I was not impressed by Curry and Timm West's chapters. There were 2 chapters that were boring (Boeck and Lewis)**COMPLETE SNORE-Fests. But all in all...this was a pleasant read. I am not sure how many people will actually get to read this book (at $80) but trust me, if you must...find a library, wait for it on nook or paperback, and this will not let you down.