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Kanye May Not Like Books, But Hip-hop Foster's A Love Of Literature
Influential literary works written by authors from around the world, and throughout the ages.
By: The Conversation
When Ye – the artist formerly known as Kanye West – stated during a recent podcast that he doesn't read books, some people questioned whether he was sending the wrong message to children.
Those questions took on more importance in light of the fact that Ye recently launched Donda Academy, a private educational venture named after his late mother, Donda West, who was herself an English professor.
As a rap artist, author and academic, I would never argue that reading lots of books is the only path to gaining knowledge or showing intelligence.
After all, I created the first-ever peer-reviewed hip-hop album published by a university press. For my doctoral dissertation in 2017, I made a rap album and resisted any calls to submit a formally written explanation of the work.
For instance, in 1996, Tupac Shakur released his 1996 album "The Don Killuminati:
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