Is Rap Music the Modern Equivalent of Classical Literature?

by Nathan Harden

Georgetown has a new sociology class focusing on the career of rapper Jay-Z. But at least one student isn’t convinced of the course’s academic value. Junior Stephen Wu writes:

The fundamental reason why we ostensibly study Jay-Z is because of his “important cultural impact,” replete with an ordered hierarchy of discipline, politics and excellence. Now, his conception of excellence may or may not accord with Ciceronian virtus, but even this can be bemusedly contemplated until the claim is uttered that he is in some way an inheritor of the great Homeric tradition.

“Were he alive during the period of ancient Greece,” the course professor charges, Carter “would be regarded as a god in terms of literary and poetic expression.” This is poppycock.

Read more on this story, including the professor’s strange defense of the course in which he compares himself to Jesus Christ, at The College Fix.