Seventy-five students have just signed up to a course centered on Kanye West at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
The Hip Hop-heavy course titled “Politics of Kanye West: Black Genius and Sonic Aesthetics,” will be taught by Dr. Jeffrey McCune, who is also an associate professor in the African and African-American Studies and the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies departments.
According to him, the ‘Ye-centric course will touch on “black genius and the impossibility of black genius for the American public.”
“I always wanted to teach a course looking at black genius and the impossibility of black genius for the American public,” Dr. Jeffrey McCune said while speaking with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “We’re always thought of as maybe being articulate or smart but not really genius … Hip-hop is a way to show our creative genius. Kanye really uses hip-hop as a vehicle to display all of his talents, albeit some better than others.” Read more…
Students enrolled in the course can expect to dive into topics that include: “I Love Kanye, or How Critique Slips Into Hate” and “Love Lock Down, or Hip-Hop’s Queer Love Languages.”
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