Here’s one professor to rate with a chili pepper: Questlove. According to his Twitter account, students at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts will turn in papers and answer questions to The Roots drummer and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon house band leader. No word on what the curriculum will include just yet, but Jeff Rabhan, the chair of the institute, states he’ll be teaching “Classic Albums”. Don’t believe us? Think this is just a prank from some class clown troublemaker? Here’s proof:
As the school’s website boasts, “Students who enroll in Recorded Music have a wide range of aspirations. Some aspire to become CEOs of record labels. Others aspire to become innovative record producers who helm successful production companies. Some students are performing artists or music critics who want to develop their business acumen so that they might build a successful brand.” Given the guy’s resume, one might argue Questlove has a thing or two to say on these topics.
Regardless, there’s no way J-Fal won’t take advantage of this on his show.
Update: Billboard now reports that the “Classic Albums” course begins in the Spring 2013 semester, and Questlove will co-teach alongside Universal Music’s vice president of A&R and Grammy winning reissues producer Harry Weinger.
One of the institute’s associate professors, Jason King, confirmed this information for the publication and stated that students will learn “what it means for something to be called classic or seminal, as well as take a close look at the music, lyrics, production, business aspects — such as promotion and marketing — that informed the release and reception of the album.”
Albums to be discussed include Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique, Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall, Sly & The Family Stone’s There’s a Riot Goin’ On, Aretha Franklin’s Lady Soul, Led Zeppelin’s IV, and Prince’s Dirty Mind. In other words, this just became the most impossible course to enroll in of all time. Good luck, folks.