University of California Berkeley will run course on Nicki Minaj next year The University of California, Berkeley is set to offer a course on the rapper and singer Nicki Minaj in 2023 according to one of the college’s professors.
The lecturer, known as Ta-meer (@Tcmccr) on social media platform Twitter announced today that the course will be named “Nicki Minaj: The Black Barbie Femmecee & Hip Hop Feminisms.'
It will be run through the African American Studies Department next Spring semester.
UC Berkeley confirmed the course when they retweeted the professor’s announcement, which stated that the course will focus on Nicki Minaj’s career as an artist through the lens of feminism and hip-hop in general.
Minaj would "love to stop by"
Minaj, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago, but raised in Queens, New York in the USA has been one of hip-hop and rap’s foremost artists over the past decade. Her 2011 song, “Super Bass,” is the best-selling single by a female rapper of all-time, according to sales-statistics online.
Minaj, who has 26.6 million followers on Twitter, personally replied to the Berkeley professor’s tweet to say that she would “love to stop by” the university’s course.
This garnered the announcement huge attention through social media and news outlets.
The professor replied to Minaj’s tweet, saying that to have the artist’s own insights into her life would be “AMAZING.”
Recent Music from the Artist
The hip-hop artist released the fifth project of her successful career this summer with the compilation album “Queen Radio: Volume 1” in August. The album features 28 tracks and ranked as high as tenth in the USA’s Billboard 200 music chart.
Most recently Minaj released a remix of the Jamaican rapper Skeng’s “Likkle Miss” dancehall hit single. After only two weeks on YouTube, the song’s music video currently has over three million views on YouTube.
A Common Pattern
Other universities in the USA plan to run similar academic courses, focusing on the lives and cultural impacts of musical artists.
The San Diego State University will run a course next year on Latino rap artist Bad Bunny through its School of Journalism and Media Studies. The course will focus on the Puerto Rican’s portrayal of Latin masculinity through the medium of reggaeton music.
Another artist will get their very own course at Texas State University next semester, with the college providing a study on British singer Harry Styles.
The course will be named “Harry Styles and the Cult of Celebrity: Identity, the Internet, and European Pop Culture” and look at the cultural impact of the ex-One Direction singer.