Kanye West is about as controversial as our current president. Bring up the topic of Kanye in any conversation and someone somewhere will have an opinion. And now you can actually pay to study the famed rapper.
Professor Jeffrey McCune at Washington University in St. Louis will teach a class called “Politics of Kanye West." The class, he says, will connect students with the issues of politics, race, gender, sexuality and culture.
75 students have already registered for this class and there’s a wait list to get in. The course is not designed for ripping on Kanye nor is it a class that celebrates his music.
McCune praises Kanye for using hip-hop as a platform for African-Americans to become musical and possibly even political geniuses.
“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,” said McCune.
Some of the course’s topics include: How Hip-Hop Takes Us to Church, Hip-Hop’s Queer Love Languages, How Critique Slips into Hate... just to name a few.
Professor McCune brings up the example of West famously saying that former President George W Bush didn't care about black people after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans.
“At that point, I realize the dynamics of this performer, how he embodied multiple fears of black life.”