First, 9th Wonder and Christopher “Play” Martin taught hip-hop history at North Carolina Central University in 2007. Then, this April, Jim Jones taught a music business course for high school students and also imparted his knowledge at Fordham University. The trend of ridiculously awesome classes for which students have no business getting school credit continues with Rice University’s latest hire: former UGK member Bun B.
According to HipHop DX, the rapper told XXL Magazine he would be teaching a hip-hop/religion course next spring at the Houston university. Bun B, who is from Houston and whose third solo album Trill O.G. is out this August, reportedly weighed in on topics such as keeping office hours, student attendance, and accepting demos from the aspiring MC’s that will inevitably fill his classroom.
The rapper said, “If they’re coming into the course specifically to give me a demo that’s a wrap on the first day.” Don’t let go of hope just yet though — Bun B is an understanding man. His compromise: “My plan was to put a [demo] box on the desk, and the box is going to stay there and everybody stays there until the course is over. Nobody gets to listen to [any demos] until the course is over.” So, if you actually put in the effort and show you’re in it for the material, Professor B might decide to hear your voice. Not a bad deal.
We predict a 300 percent increase in new applications to Rice for the spring 2011 semester.