There’s a new course on rapper and producer Kanye West starting this year at a university in Montreal.
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Yassin Alsalman of Concordia University is launching a university class called Kanye versus Ye: Genius By Design. The course will focus on his career – from his beginnings as a producer in Chicago to his rise to fame via albums like ‘College Dropout’ and ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’.
Alsalman wrote on Instagram, “I want to bring something new and fresh to students. An opportunity to bring more amazing guests to the University and discuss the world through the lens of one of the most influential artists of our generation.
“This course isn’t just about Kanye. It’s about community, creativity, responsibility, accountability, fame and sanity, dreams and nightmares – and most importantly, self-actualization.
He concluded, “Welcome to graduation.”
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In other Kanye news, his 2021 album ‘DONDA’ was recently certified platinum by the RIAA, with over a million equivalent album sales since its August 2021 release.
The album was released after multiple delays and several edits to the album itself. The album’s progression was charted through several listening parts, where West would make changes to it after each.
In a three star review, NME described ‘DONDA’ as “incredibly – and unnecessarily – long”. It’s his ninth solo studio album to hit the platinum mark, with only 2019’s ‘Jesus Is King’ and recent ‘DONDA 2’ yet to reach a million.
‘DONDA 2’ – a direct sequel to ‘DONDA’ – was available exclusively through its bespoke and unique Stem Player platform on the £200 device made by the rapper’s Yeezy Tech company.
Four songs from the disc – “Security”, “Pablo”, “Broken Road” and “We Did It Kid” – were made available to Stem Player owners on February 23, after a listening party and live performance. live in Miami the day before. Four more songs followed the next day, followed by another 12 songs on February 25.
After the release, West said he made over $2.2m (£1.6m) in Stem Player sales within 24 hours of announcing it would be the only way to listen. “DONDA 2”.
However, ‘DONDA 2’ has since been deemed ineligible for inclusion on the Billboard charts because it violates Billboard’s merchandise bundling policy. According to an article by Billboard, albums sold with merchandise are not eligible for inclusion.