Professor Diehl is an expert in hip-hop culture, lyrical analysis, Rap as a form of literature and specifically the works of Kendrick Lamar.
Areas of Expertise (3)
Rap as Literature
Media Appearances (6)
Q&A: Professor Who Teaches a Kendrick Lamar Course Talks ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’
Professor Adam Diehl teaches a course on Kendrick Lamar’s classic 2012 album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, incorporating the writing of James Joyce and showings of Boyz N the Hood, among other things.
Kendrick Lamar 101: Georgia Professor Is Teaching a Class Inspired by good kid, m.a.a.d. city
Adam Diehl, professor at Georgia Regents University, teaches an English course that uses Kendrick Lamar's highly-praised 2012 album good kid, m.a.a.d. city as a jumping-off point for a semester-long deep dive into comparable stories about young urbanites in film and literature.
Kendrick Lamar's Good Kid Maad City is being taught as a text in schools
Kendrick Lamar's Good Kid Maad City album was widely praised for its storytelling and lyrical craftsmanship, and is now the subject of a college English class alongside James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
Georgia students study Kendrick Lamar for class
USA Today online
Around Augusta, Georgia, the only thing that can be heard blasting from Patrick Frits’ car is Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city. But, for the junior sociology and criminal justice major, listening to the album isn’t just recreational — it’s scholastic.
A TALE OF TWO KENDRICKS — THE DAMN. MUSIC VIDEOS DECODED
MTV News online
For more than a decade the Compton, California, rapper has told the tale of a good kid living in an environment that's at turns brutal and unforgiving. The Kendrick we've come to know is a man constantly at war with himself: In song, he wrestles with what it means to be a good person who can't help but commit horrible deeds. Recreating those vivid lyrical descriptions for a music video, though immensely challenging, has always been important to the multiplatinum rapper. This year though, with the release of DAMN., something clicked.
Leaders of the New School: Hip-Hop Classes Across the Country
The Root online
Did you enjoy Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city? There’s now a class for that. Multiple colleges are offering hip-hop-focused classes this fall. From courses on Jay Z to Tupac, these pop-culture classes are proving that rap is worthy of hefty academic study: