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November 9, 2021 at 4:28 pm

BBC quotes Akil Houston on Kanye West’s new album

Dr. Akil Houston, portrait in his office

Dr. Akil Houston

The BBC Profile program interviewed Dr. Akil Houston on the release of Donda, Kanye West’s newest album.

I still remember the first time I saw him on MTV. There was something different about the way that he talked about his craft and what he saw on the horizon. He showed the originality,  creativity, and willing to push the boundaries was still important in rap music production, particularly when everyone seemingly was sounding the same, so homoginized. Everyone’s some type of thug or a gangster or their narrative in their songs is all about crass consumerism….

Houston is Associate Professor of Cultural and Media Studies in the African American Studies Department in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Listen to the entire BBC interview.




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