“The Textual Appeal of Tupac Shakur”
Tupac, the controversial and brazen late rapper has been the subject of college classes at Harvard University and the University of California – Berkeley. The most recent course labeled “The Textual Appeal of Tupac Shakur” is offered at the University of Washington. This class examines the lyrics in Tupac’s tracks to that of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War and Machiavelli’s The Prince.
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As reported by USA Today, the University of Washington aims to “situate Tupac’s thinking about race, culture, economics and national belonging within a larger historical framework,” and “critically engage the significance of religious and military allusions and metaphors throughout his work.”