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Though hip-hop has always been met with heavy scrutiny, there are some artists who make you dive further into their artistic blueprint in order to decode the messaging in their music. It’s intriguing. So much so, that universities have modeled some of their courses after pioneers and influential musicians throughout the years.
The most recent artist to join the list is Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar, whose 2012 major label album good kid m.A.A.d city will be the focus of Patrick Frits’ English Composition Class at Georgia Regents University.
According to USA Today, the course will juxtapose the rapper’s music with the creative and literary works of Gwendolyn Brooks, James Joyce and James Baldwin, in addition to the 1991 cult classic film Boyz n The Hood. The course is research heavy and will conclude with a major paper as a response to selected text.
But K. Dot’s not the only musical artist to have a college course in his honor. Click through our gallery to see who else has been studied on campus…
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