Britain’s first rap degree has been launched as universities try to find the next Stormzy, who made history as the first British black solo artist to headline at Glastonbury Festival on Friday night. The Telegraph reports.
The Academy of Contemporary Music has decided to host the new course at its campuses at the University of Birmingham, the University of Guildford and Middlesex University.
The course will be run by professional, award-winning rapper ShaoDow who has appeared on Radio 1Xtra and opened for Stormzy.
He also was recently invited into Parliament to speak on behalf of grassroots music venues across the country.
“When I was young, just asking a question about what to do next is worth more than a degree,” he said.
He added the course would generate young people who were business minded and talented enough to make a career out of music while paying their fair share of tax.
The Technical Studies for Rappers and MC’s course investigates each strand of rapper’s profession, including the study of the “4 weapons of rap” (lyricism, flow, delivery, and originality).
According to the prospectus, students will “analyse music theory, study the ideologies behind skillful artistry, develop analytical skills for long and lyric writing, and receive integral guidance on how to hold audiences through effective performance and how to captivate listeners with the art of freestyle.”
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