Questlove To Teach Classic Albums Course At NYU

By Tom Breihan / October 17, 2012

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.