Julius Bailey, an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Wittenberg University, has created a textbook of more than 300 pages on Kanye West’s cultural impact on the world titled, The Cultural Impact of Kanye West.
“The Cultural Impact of Kanye West” will weigh in on the cultural impact that West’s work has had over the course of the last decade and will look at the “moral and social implications of West’s words, images, and music in the broader context of Western civilization’s preconceived ideas…,” according to Amazon.com.
Bailey himself is no stranger to writing books about the contributions of hip hop artists to Western culture. His last book, “Jay-Z: Essays On Hip Hop’s Philosopher King,” dissected Hov and his music back in 2011.
The ability of popular art to offer societal critiques and challenge received ideas has been recognized throughout history. Through rap and hip hop, composers, singers, and entertainers have recently provided a voice questioning and challenging the sanctioned view of the times. This book offers an in-depth reading of the works and cultural impact of Kanye West. Looking at the moral and social implications of West’s words, images, and music in the broader context of Western civilization’s preconceived ideas, the contributors consider how West both challenges religious and moral norms and propagates them.
You can expect to read about West’s contributions to Western civilization in early March 2014.