Published Aug 22, 2014As previously reported, Kendrick Lamar's 2012 instant classic good kid, m.A.A.d. city recently served as the inspiration behind a new short film. Now, that same record will serve as the main text for an English composition class at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, GA, according to The Independent [via HipHopDX].
Instructor Adam Diehl will lecture freshmen on the LP, alongside other works like James Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Gwendolyn Brooks' Selected Poems and the film Boyz N the Hood, which focus on classic coming of age stories.
Defending his choice of course material in an interview with HipHopDX, Diehl said: "The narrative complexity, the structure, the allusions, the subject matter, the characters, and most of all the message make good kid, m.A.A.d city worthy of university status."
Students will be required to complete a research paper on an issue from the texts, ranging from gang warfare and police brutality to racism and incarceration rates. The university hopes to make students enrolled in the class become better writers, readers, analyzers and appreciators of "the language of the street."
The class kicks off this week, with Diehl hoping that it will "inspire students to find an outlet to bring some sanity to our own mad city — Augusta."