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Adam  Diehl - Augusta University. Augusta, GA, US

Adam Diehl Adam  Diehl

Lecturer of English | Augusta University


Professor Diehl is an expert in hip-hop culture, lyrical analysis, Rap as a form of literature and specifically the works of Kendrick Lamar.




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)

Kendrik Lamar

Hip-Hop Culture

Rap as Literature

Media Appearances (8)

Q&A: Professor Who Teaches a Kendrick Lamar Course Talks ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’

Spin  online


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.

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Kendrick Lamar 101: Georgia Professor Is Teaching a Class Inspired by good kid, m.a.a.d. city

Fader  online


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.

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Kendrick Lamar's Good Kid Maad City is being taught as a text in schools

Independent  online


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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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Three professors unpack the themes on Kendrick Lamar’s album, Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers

Crackmagazine.net  online


It’s been five years since the Compton rapper released DAMN. and on his final Top Dawg Entertainment release, Kendrick has a lot to say. Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers is a raw, confessional listen: one that sees the artist admit to infidelity, sex addiction, his learnings, his flaws. As with any Kendrick release, it’s incredibly layered and we’re still in the process of analysing its multitude of references – which ranges from biblical imagery to that time he asked a white fan to self-censor a racial slur onstage. So where do we begin? We asked three professors – all of whom have taught a course on Kendrick Lamar – to weigh in on a chosen theme. We hit up Adam Diehl – an expert in hip-hop culture and lyrical analysis – along with Anthony B. Pinn and Dr. Christopher Driscoll, who both co-edited the book Kendrick Lamar and the Making of Black Meaning. Pinn is an American professor whose work lies at the intersection of African-American religion and humanist thought; Driscoll is a scholar of race, religion and culture.

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Augusta University professor uses Kendrick Lamar and hip hop as a form of literature

WJBF  tv


Kendrick Lamar has been deemed one of the best lyricists and one of the biggest hip hop artists of this current musical generation. Augusta University professor Adam Diehl, Department of English and World Languages With the recent release of his anticipated album “Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers,” Kendrick Lamar’s influence can be seen almost anywhere, including the classroom. Adam Diehl, an Augusta University professor, is using hip-hop culture, lyrical analysis and rap as a form of literature including the works of Kendrick Lamar.

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