Armstrong State Universty is changing the game thanks to Dr. Regina Bradley. The Languages, Literature, and Philosophy department professor is offering a course about the legendary hip-hop group OutKast called ‘OutKast and the Rise of the Hip-Hop South.’
The upper-level English course and will focus on how André 3000 and Big Boi’s “ideas about the South and southernness seep into other Southern writers.” The final project for the class is a paper discussing the themes in a given hip-hop album (“preferably an Outkast album”), according to the Savannah Morning News.
In an interview with P&P, the professor explained why she decided to design a course around OutKast:
They raise intriguing questions about the significance of region as an influencer of creative expression. OutKast’s experimentation in how they articulated and celebrated their southernness manifested in intriguing ways (i.e. literary and cultural metaphors, historical and social-economic influences of Atlanta as a center of southern progress and urbanity, etc.) They had room to question and experiment with what is and what is not black southernness.