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  • Hardcover: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (March 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1137395818
  • ISBN-13: 978-1137395818
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #675,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Provocateur, egotist, sage, and artist, no figure in the past decade of popular culture has reflected and defined the zeitgeist better than Kanye West. This collection lays bare the tangle of complexities and contradictions that have made the artist and the art indispensable to our era and proves that if game recognizes game, wisdom does too." - Jelani Cobb, author of The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress "If Julius Bailey was a song, he would be that surprise banger DJ Red Alert drops around one in the morning as the party is at its peak. He is humbly one part scholar and two parts philosopher, yet all hip-hop. Respected for his integrity as a cultural critic and archivist, it's no surprise that, like a master beat maker finding the perfect sample, he was ahead of the curve when he proposed to explore the cultural impact of Kanye West ... but right on time." - Toni Blackman, US Hip Hop Ambassador "The Cultural Impact of Kanye West is a much-needed addition in today's diluted hip-hop cultural criticism. By deeming West, his chameleon persona, and iconic brand worthy of scholarly examination, this book takes us on a philosophical odyssey like no other in the modern academy." Rahiel Tesfamariam, founder and Editor-in-Chief, Urban Cusp

About the Author

Julius Bailey is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Wittenberg University, USA. He is the editor of Jay-Z: Essays on Hip Hop's Philosopher King (2011) and author of Philosophy and Hip-Hop: Ruminations on Postmodern Cultural Form (2014) and numerous articles on hip-hop pedagogy and social justice issues.

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Julius Bailey, PhD, a Christian Existentialist, teaches in the Department of Philosophy at Wittenberg University. He is a philosopher, cultural critic, social theorist, and diversity lecturer. As a socially conscious academic, Dr. Bailey has been interviewed on CNN, Fox, B.E.T, and ABC Nightline. A guest on numerous radio shows as a social critic and education advisor, he is often sought to speak at colleges, prisons, and community organizations across America. Recent publications include: The Cultural Impact of Kanye West (ed. Palgrave-McMillan, March 2014), Philosophy and Hip-hop: Ruminations on Hip-Hop as Postmodern Cultural Form (Palgrave,-McMillan, July 2014) and Jay-Z: Essays on Hip Hop's Philosopher King (McFarland, 2011). He has also authored a host of articles on Hip-Hop Pedagogy and Social Justice issues. He holds Masters Degrees from Howard and Harvard Universities and a Doctorate from the University of Illinois. His research interests span from Russian Literature to Hip-Hop Culture-- indeed, anything that touches on the doings and sufferings of people purposed toward voice and inclusion. In addition to being the former Education Spokesperson for the Rainbow Push Coalition, Dr. Bailey is the founder of Project Eight (a youth service organization that focuses on leadership and civic participation) and has won numerous awards for his community commitment and engagement. More information can be found at

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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LifezaBrees on April 7, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
The impact of the the price on our wallets supersedes Yeezy's legacy. Even on Kindle, really? What are you thinking?
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0 of 14 people found the following review helpful By quest on April 8, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Are you kidding me? This Kanye West admitted on national tv to drawing himself in a WHITE family. He made money off of black people and gives it to his white woman and white kids. This is all after Kanye stated on a televised interview, "Black men with white women are an EPIDEMIC". Should I say Kanye is crazy or mentally ill.

Cultural impact- He teaches black boys to be ignorant (lyrics), demonstrate no class (Taylor Swift incidence) and give black dollars to whites. Black men celebrate Kanye b/c he is with a white woman.

And the price for the book is ridiculous.
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