“Politics of Kanye West: Black Genius and Sonic Aesthetics” course offered in St.Louis' Washington University
According to the professor, Dr. Jeffrey McCune, the course is not about idolizing Kanye West, instead, they are using West as a “good way to get students to connect issues of politics, race, gender, sexuality and culture.”
“I always wanted to teach a course looking at black genius and the impossibility of black genius for the American public,” McCune said. “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.”
To date, 75 students have registered for the class. The class will serve up lectures on Tuesdays as well as “critical listening parties,” and sometimes guest artists on Thursdays. Maybe this course is not the most important thing, but the motives for that course make sense.