Full question: “In the words of Kendrick Lamar (popular rapper of the good kid, m.a.a.d city fAME), “If you get your first big cheque and you cop a chain before you buy a house. You’re a vanity slave.” In the song, Vanity Slave, Mr. Lamar speaks openly about mindless consumerism. Explain three dangers of consumerism.”
The above question appeared on a question paper of the 4th year Actuarial Science and Financial Economics at the Kenyan University of Strathmore. The trending question says a lot about the changing academic liberalism as African Universities appreciate the messages in mainstream arts.
The compulsory question, tested the students’ understanding of consumerism and its dangers, with reference to Lamar’s song, Vanity Slave.
Here is an excerpt of Lamar’s hit:
I care about my pride too much, if my clothes is new if my ride is plush, if my hair is cut, if my diamonds is crushed I look in the mirror, I’m trendy enough? Wrong Insecurity roams the black community. Homes where kids must have jewelry.The high school female need earrings and details so she can be cool to be amongst popularity.
The various name brands that reach the price scan that’s not about the right price, but more like the right scam to rule us all, confuse us all.
It is rare that a university embeds contemporary hip-hop in an exam. However, several rappers including Lamar and Drake, have had their works form part of a University course material or class topic.
Do you see any Tanzanian lecturer following suit?