“Many Ivy League universities have fully embraced hip-hop education, so we can do the same here”
Toronto’s X University is set to offer a course on the worldwide impact of two of Canada’s city’s biggest artists, Drake and The Weeknd.
Beginning next year, author, podcaster and author Dalton Higgins is set to begin teaching a course titled ‘Deconstructing Drake and the Weeknd.
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“The American college and university landscape is teaching all kinds of courses about rock, folk, pop artists like Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen—so why shouldn’t there be a course here about Drake and The Weeknd? Toronto?” Higgins told a local publication Now.
“On American college campuses, there are easily more than 300 hip-hop courses taught about artists like Jay Z, Outkast, Beyoncé (there are lots of Beyoncé courses). Many Ivy League universities, including Harvard and Cornell, offer hip-hop courses. Have fully embraced education, so we can do the same here.”
He continued: “When you have two black artists born and raised in Toronto who perform rap, R&B and pop, and who are definitely on their way to becoming billionaires at some point, apparently there is a lot Learn. Remember, they both flew away despite being the product of a local Canadian music scene, which does little to fuel the growth of its black music practitioners. “
Elsewhere this summer, Stormzy announced plans to support 30 more students through their scholarship scheme to study at the University of Cambridge.
The Stormzy Scholarship was launched in 2018 and has supported six black students through their studies at the prestigious university so far.
A new partnership between Stormzy’s #Merky Foundation and bank HSBC receives £20,000 annual scholarships to cover tuition fees and maintenance costs to 10 students per year.