For the uninitiated, Thug Notes is a book that uses outrageously hilarious analysis to narrate classic literary works. It is aptly subtitled – A Street-Smart Guide to Classic Literature and narrated by self-proclaimed literary gangster – Dr. Sweets.
It has a YouTube channel where Dr. Sweets (real name Greg Edwards) holds nothing back to summarize and analyze literary works. There are plenty cuss words and street lingo, and a swag that brings the cool to literature.
There have been attempts to make literature less boring and more accessible for a digital audience. Thug Notes succeeds in giving literature a full hip-hip treatment, and should be considered an excellent experiment for its compelling use of social media and pop culture.
Some of the popular thug analyses include Pride & Prejudice, The Catcher in the Rye, The Merchant of Venice, The Color Purple, Hamlet, etc. But our favourite, and for obvious Nigerian reason, is Things Fall Apart, the book by Chinua Achebe.
How does one get over this description of Okonkwo after leaving Umofia over a dispute?
“While Okonkwo and his family got booted out of town for 7 years, … a bunch of bible-thumping crackers rolled up to Umofia, trying to convert homies all over town.”
Check the video and have yourself a frigg’n cool day: