When Clemson University doctoral student A.D. Carson defends his dissertation on Friday, he won’t be talking about a long-winded written essay. Instead, Carson chose to make a 34-song rap album.
“Owning My Masters: The Rhetorics of Rhymes and Revolutions” is “really a rap album that is the text of the dissertation. Rather than it being about rap or spoken word, it’s done through those particular modes of presentation,” Carson says in a video introducing the project.
Using a music album for a dissertation has never been done at Clemson before, according to a university media release.
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“There are challenging lyrics and even challenging language. Those are deliberate choices I’m making. That’s part of the kind of engagement that we need,” Carson said in the release. “Sometimes it’s difficult to find the opportunity to approach a conversation about language. Hip-hop makes it an organic engagement.”