The Deconstruction of Kanye West

This lesson will allow students to demonstrate a basic understanding of the concept of deconstruction and conduct a critical interpretation of Kanye West, his music as well as his artistic vision. Students will listen to select Kanye West songs, interviews and articles and deconstruct their contents. As Hip Hop music continues to grow in various directions, Kanye West continues to be one of the most influential voices of the genre and polarizing figures in pop culture. His music crossed over to various communities. His songs have touched upon many topics and issues including capitalism, racism, materialism and consumerism. This lesson will allow students an opportunity to look at hip hop in a light that involves more than just beats and rhymes.


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Lesson tags: Eleventh, English, Music, Twelfth


MrJeffDess MrJeffDess is a writer, professor, public speaker and emcee of Haitian descent and currently serves as the Assistant Director of Campus Life at New Jersey City University. Born and raised in Jamaica Queens, MrJeffDess stayed in New York City and hit the poetic and leadership scene full force in 2001 at St. John’s University. Along with receiving a B.A. and M.A. in English Literature his career at St. John’s would mark the beginning of a journey towards a variety of literary genres and leadership types.