We can now add “he’s a New York University professor” to the list of reasons that we love The Roots drummer Questlove.
That’s right: Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson will be joining Universal Music Enterprises’ Harry Weinger to co-teach a course called “Classic Albums,” Billboard reports. The two-credit class will be held at the Clive Davis Institute for Recorded Music at NYU’s Tisch School of the Art in the spring.
A sneak peek of the records being discussed has been released, and the line-up truly is classic. Prince‘s “Dirty Mind,” Michael Jackson‘s “Off The Wall,” Aretha Franklin‘s “Lady Soul,” Led Zeppelin‘s “IV” and the Beastie Boys‘ “Paul’s Boutique” are all on the syllabus for the upcoming semester.
“We wanted to bring [Questlove] in because we felt he should really be a professor; in a lot of ways he already is an informal, unofficial professor, not just in hip hop but in music in general,” NYU associate professor of recorded music Jason King tells Billboard. “He’s one of the smartest people in music, besides being a fantastic musician. We thought [this class] would speak to his strengths.”
We’re just excited we get to start referring to Questlove as Professor ?uesto. Does any one else really want to enroll in NYC now?