Assembly Series “Mumbo Jumbo: The (In)Audibility of Kanye West”

  • Wednesday, March 8, 2017 • 6:00 pm
  • Holmes Lounge, Washington University in St. Louis

Say what you want about the mega-star hit-making rapper and pop culture juggernaut that is Kanye West, it’s undeniable that he touches multiple sectors of American society from music to fashion. However, if you are a consumer of mainstream media, you probably know more about his public outbursts and prideful posturing than you do his musical oeuvre. To  WashU associate professor Jeffrey McCune, who is teaching a course on Kanye, he is a minefield of textual and musical brilliance, and this lecture – the second of three public talks that McCune will deliver — examines West’s use of the inaudible—both in speech and visual practice—to illuminate the unknowingness of blackness more broadly.

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