If you attend Washington University in St. Louis, you can take a course called “Politics of Kanye West: Black Genius and Sonic Aesthetics.” The course is taught by Dr. Jeffrey McCune, who according to The St. Louis Dispatch, describes it as a “good way to get students to connect issues of politics, race, gender, sexuality and culture.”
He further describes his vision: “I always wanted to teach a course looking at black genius and the impossibility of black genius for the American public. We’re always thought of as maybe being articulate or smart but not really genius. [...] Kanye really uses hip-hop as a vehicle to display all of his talents, albeit some better than others.”
Currently, 75 students have signed up for the lesson. The lectures will take place on Tuesdays while “critical listening parties” featuring occasional guests will occur on Thursdays. Currently, Professor McCune is also currently writing a book on Kanye West. Check out the details of the course here.
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