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Washington U. class focuses on Kanye West

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/18/2017
FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2016, file photo, Kanye West enters Trump Tower in New York. A new course at Washington University in St. Louis is focused on the world of Kanye West. The course titled "Politics of Kanye West: Black Genius and Sonic Aesthetics," began this week. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2016, file photo, Kanye West enters Trump Tower in New York. A new course at Washington University in St. Louis is focused on the world of Kanye West. The course titled "Politics of Kanye West: Black Genius and Sonic Aesthetics," began this week. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A new course at Washington University in St. Louis is focused on the world of Kanye West.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2k4YXRZ ) reports that 75 students are registered for "Politics of Kanye West: Black Genius and Sonic Aesthetics," which began this week. There's a waiting list to get in.

The professor, Jeffrey McCune, says he course focused on the rapper, producer and fashion designer offers a way for students to connect issues of politics, race, gender, sexuality and culture.

It's not the first college course about West. Georgia State University offered one in 2015, and a 2014 course at the University of Missouri focused on West and Jay-Z.

McCune says the court will neither fawn over West's music nor be an exercise in bashing him.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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