An upper-division English course at a Georgia University explores the depths of André 3000, Big Boi, and the South.
Hip-hop loving students at Armstrong State University should get excited. Dr. Regina Bradley, a professor in the Languages, Literature, and Philosophy department, designed the hip-hop focused course. The University, located in Savannah, Georgia, calls the class “Outkast and the Rise of the Hip-Hop South”, as noted by the Fader. According to Bradley, the course examines how the group’s “ideas of the South and southernness seep into other Southern writers”.
Bradley took to the Savannah Morning News to discuss details about the class. She mentions that the final project for the course will be a paper, or as she calls it a ‘nerdy album review’.
“My areas of interest are African-American literature and popular culture,” Bradley said. “I try to find ways to connect those… Often, students get most of their information, their outlook from how they engage in popular culture.”
Bradley also notes that she hopes to attract all types of students to take this course, and not just hip-hop fans. She hopes that those unfamiliar with hip-hop or Outkast can take the class and feel like they can contribute something.