As if Roots bandleader ?uestlove didn’t already have enough on his plate, he’s now taking on yet another job: College professor. As Billboard reports, ?uesto and Universal Music vice president Harry Weinger are teaming up to teach a class called Classic Albums at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute For Recorded Music. If I was in college, I would’ve been all over some shit like this. But it raises the question: What LPs are worth of academic canonization? We’ve got a few of the albums on ?uesto’s syllabus below:

• Sly And The Family Stone’s Stand! and There’s A Riot Goin’ On
• Aretha Franklin’s Lady Soul
• Led Zeppelin’s IV
• Prince’s Dirty Mind
• Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall
• The Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique

So: What albums should ?uestlove teach about? Would it be too egotistical for him to devote a week to Illadelph Halflife or D’Angelo’s Voodoo? And IV over Led Zeppelin II? Discuss below.

Comments (7)
  1. Merriweather Post Pavilion, obv

  2. Pet Sounds and Rubber Soul/Revolver

  3. The Replacements’ Let It Be and Jay-Z’s The Blueprint.

  4. Limp Bizkit’s “Significant Other.” What or who is “the nookie” and what all did (or does) one do for it? Where is one to stick the proverbial cookie? Hashing out this cultural and social context is vital. I’d love to see ?uestlove unpack how power relationships are working in Durst’s lyrics. Applying gender analysis to “Break Stuff” could also be useful, and perhaps, suggestive of future directions for research.

  5. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Yes, already. Duh.

  6. If he can teach a class, then he can teach a class!

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