This is pretty cool. Dr. Regina Bradley is writing a book titled “Chronicling Stankonia: OutKast and the Rise of the Hip Hop South.” Even cooler, Bradley will be teaching a course at Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia titled “OutKast and the Rise of the Hip Hop South” stemming from her research. The Languages, Literature, and Philosophy professor told the Savannah Morning News that the upper level English course will focus on how OutKast’s “ideas about the South and southernness seep into other Southern writers.” Sign us up, Professor Bradley.
According to the Savannah Morning News, students will listen to and think critically about OutKast albums as well as others in the same genre. Students will also take a look at movements like Black Lives Matter and how hip-hop can be used for political expression. The final project will be a 12-15 page paper in what Bradley calls a “nerdy hip-hop review.” Students will pick an album, “preferably an OutKast album,” Bradley added, and give a discussion on what they hear in regards to the central themes of the course. Sounds like a really cool class.
But what do André 3000 and Big Boi think about the course? While OutKast hails from Atlanta, Big Boi—who is actually from Savannah—noticed an article on the class in the ASU paper, The Inkwell, and posted it on his Facebook page. According to the Morning News, Big Boi had this to say about the course, “I am originally from Savannah, and I remember Armstrong, so that is just super dope.” Dr. Bradley said that made her day.