My senior year at the University of Michigan, I was accepted into the Honors cohort within the English Department, a group of about 16 students. We were challenged to write a thesis of at least 50 pages about anything we chose. My peers wrote about everything from W.E.B. Dubois to Shakespeare to Beowulf. I wrote about Kanye.
I analyzed the use of poetic devices in raps written by Kanye West, Eminem, and Jay-Z, while exploring the creation of personas and the "personal" in their work.