X University of Toronto is set to offer a course on the worldwide impact of two of the biggest Canadian artists, Drake and The Weeknd.
Dalton Higgins, an author, podcaster and writer is set to begin teaching the course based on the two musicians from early next year. The course is titles “Deconstructing Drake and The Weeknd”
Higgins states to a local publication that, “On the U.S. college and university scene there are all kinds of courses being taught about rock, folk, pop artists like Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen — so why shouldn’t there be a course about Drake and The Weeknd in Toronto?”
“On American college campuses, there are easily more than 300 hip-hop courses being taught about artists like Jay Z, Outkast, Beyoncé (there are a lot of Beyoncé courses). Many Ivy League universities including Harvard and Cornell, have fully embraced hip-hop education, so we can do the same here.”
Additionally, he also stated that, “When you have two Black artists born and bred in Toronto who perform rap, R&B and pop, and who are arguably well on their way to becoming billionaires at some point in time, there is apparently a lot to learn. Remember, they both blew up despite being products of a local Canadian music scene that does very little to foster the growth of its Black music practitioners.”