One professor at Georgia's Armstrong State University is officially "cooler than being cool" for a course she'll be offering this spring semester on OutKast. The class, titled "OutKast and the Rise of the Hip-Hop South" is a 300-level English course that will explore how the duo's "ideas about the South and southernness seep into other Southern writers," the Savannah Morning News reports.
"My areas of interest are African-American literature and popular culture," says Regina Bradley, the very hip professor who dreamed up the course, who's a faculty member of the university's Languages, Literature and Philosophy department. "I try to find ways to connect those… Often, students get most of their information, their outlook from how they engage in popular culture."
Bradley's interest in Big Boi and André 3000 extends beyond the course (which is already full), too. She's currently working on a book about OutKast, who she calls her favorite hip-hop group. "For the folks who are just as in love with Outkast as I am, I want them to feel like they can contribute to the class," says Bradley of her teaching methods. "I also don’t want to overlook or shun the folks who aren’t familiar with hip-hop at all. I'm pretty sure I have a couple of folks in there who have no clue who Outkast is or don’t listen to hip-hop at all, which is why they’re there — they want to learn something different."
The rap duo, who have plenty of ties to Savannah themselves, have also taken notice of the new course. Big Boi noticed an article on the course and shared in on Facebook, adding, "I am originally from Savannah, and I remember Armstrong, so that is just super dope." So, Bradley has officially reached super dope levels, as officially deemed by one of the coolest people out there, and OutKast has now joined the ranks of Beyoncé, who had a class about Lemonade taught at University of Texas at San Antonio last year.