In the 40-something years that have passed since it emerged, rap has become, without a shadow of a doubt, the most widely consumed form of literature on the planet. In 2018, the three most popular rappers (Drake, Post Malone, XXXTentacious) garnered 25.57 billion streaming listens between them. And it has done so, in part, because we don't think of it as 'literature'. After all, you can't dance to Shakespeare, and doing a Walt Whitman reading at a party is probably the quickest way there is to lose friends. But the truth is, we like rap because it is literary.
Specific bars (lines) and flows stay trapped in our minds, long after the song finishes. Punchlines hit us with force, jolting us into new ways of thinking. We gain insights into lives, worlds and experiences we have never known in reality. And all of this just because we pressed play.
This course will be devoted to finding out how rap functions as a literary fom, but we will do so without ever losing sight of our key guiding question: How come rap is so damn good? The course will take place every Wednesday at 4pm (a double lesson) from March 10th onwards. The course is intended for students of all Gymnasium levels who are passionate about rap, literature or both: hip hop heads who don't read are just as welcome as bookworms and poetry-lovers who think 2Pac sounds like a film sequel.
If you want to know more or are keen to take part in the course, contact Kyle Greenwood (the instructor) via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is open until February 28th. Be aware that places in the course are limited, however!