Thug Notes

Thug Notes

Updated Mar 11, 2014 at 12:47AM EDT by Brad.

Added Jul 18, 2013 at 07:24PM EDT by amanda b..

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About

Thug Notes is a YouTube educational entertainment series hosted by Sparky Sweets, PhD[5] who explains and analyzes classical literature in African American Vernacular English.

Online History

In early May 2013, the URL thug-notes.com[1] and Facebook fan page for Thug Notes[2] were created. The YouTube channel[3] launched on June 3rd, 2013 with an episode explaining Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s 1866 novel Crime and Punishment.[4] His reinterpretation of the novel recieved more than 75,000 views in a month and a half.



Reception

The day after the series launched, TubeGeeks[6] lauded the series for its analysis, which he describes as “peepin’ motifs,” and compared the series to Quirk Classic, a publishing company that retells classic novels with zombies[7], androids[8] and sea monsters.[9] Over the next two weeks, Thug Notes videos were featured on WebProNews[10], Guyism[11] and MTV Guy Code,[12] On June 24th, his review of Harper Lee’s 1960 novel To Kill a Mockingbird (shown below) was submitted to the /r/Videos subreddit[13] where it generated nearly 11,000 upvotes, more than 3,000 points overall and nearly 350 comments.



The same day, the video was submitted to Buzzfeed[14] by a community contributor. On June 25th, the Daily Dot[15] published an article on the show that was shared nearly 330 times. Since June, Thug Notes has been featured on College Humor[16], Complex[17], BroBible[18], the Huffington Post[19], Tastefully Offensive[20] and the Inquistr.[21] As of July 2013, Thug Notes has more than 65,000 subscribers, 801,000 views and receives an average of 17,000 views per day.

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