Say what you want about the mega-star hit-making rapper and pop culture juggernaut that is Kanye West, it’s undeniable that he touches multiple sectors of American society from music to fashion. However, if you are a consumer of mainstream media, you probably know more about his public outbursts and prideful posturing than you do his musical oeuvre. To WashU associate professor Jeffrey McCune, who is teaching a course on Kanye, he is a minefield of textual and musical brilliance, and this lecture – the second of three public talks that McCune will deliver — examines West’s use of the inaudible—both in speech and visual practice—to illuminate the unknowingness of blackness more broadly.
Read an Dazed’s interview with Dr. McCune about what it’s like to study Kanye West in his classroom.
Listen to Dr. McCune’s appearance on SiriusXM to discuss his course and research on Kanye West.