Ever wish you could dive a little deeper into the incendiary entity that is Kanye West? Well, now you can.
Professor Jeffrey McCune of Washington University just kicked off his newest course, "Politics of Kanye West: Black Genius and Sonic Aesthetics," which he says will not praise nor bash the rapper, but rather focus on the rapper's impact on black culture
McCune—an associate professor in the African and African-American Studies and the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies departments—explained the new course to Time, seeing it as a "good way to get students to connect issues of politics, race, gender, sexuality and culture."
KANYE WEST'S MOST OUTRAGEOUS QUOTES
ON CUTTING SWIFT'S ACCEPTANCE SPEECH OFF AT THE 2009 VMAS
"I don't have one regret…If anyone's reading this waiting for some type of full-on, flat apology for anything, they should just stop reading right now."
ON HIS DESIRE TO WORK WITH THE BEST
"I've been brought up in this way—I think I can't work with anyone that isn't number one: Jay Z, Kim, Obama, Apple is one, Samsung isn't."
ON HIS GROWING BUSINESS EMPIRE
"I will be the leader of a company that ends up being worth billions of dollars, because I got the answers. I understand culture. I am the nucleus."
ON THE PUBLIC'S MIS-PERCEPTION OF HIS INTELLIGENCE
"If people are saying you're wrong, it's probably a good sign that you're a genius."
ON HIS DISTASTE FOR NOVELS
"I am not a fan of books. I would never want a book's autograph. I am a proud non reader of books."
ON HIS FUTURE PLACE IN POP CULTURE
"I think what Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means. I am undoubtedly, you know, Steve of Internet, downtown, fashion, culture. Period. By a long jump. I honestly feel that because Steve has passed, you know, it's like when Biggie passed and Jay Z was allowed to become Jay-Z. "
ON HIS FASHION INSIGHT
"We brought the leather jogging pants six years ago to Fendi, and they said, 'No.' How many motherf--kers you done seen with a leather jogging pant?"
ON HIS FAMOUS OUTBURSTS
"Anytime I've had a big thing that's ever pierced and cut across the Internet, it was a fight for justice. You know, if Michael Jordan can scream at the refs, me as Kanye West, as the Michael Jordan of music, can go and say, 'This is wrong.'"
ON HIS INFLATED EGO
"Come on now! How could you be me and want to be someone else?"
ON HIS LIFELONG SWAG
"Trends come and go, but cool is forever."
ON HIS AMAZING MUSIC
"Don't ask me what I think the best song of last year was, because my opinion is the same as most of America's. It was "Gold Digger.""
ON HIS PERCEPTION OF THE WORLD
"Bad taste is vulgar. The world as a whole is f--king ugly. And the Internet too. But I'm not in the construction business."
ON HIS UNDERSTATED STYLE
"I don't want to say these really big over-the-top statements that end up getting quoted."
ON HIS NOTORIOUS CONCERT STYLE
"My greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live."
ON THE COUPLE’S FAMOUS WEDDING PHOTO, WHICH WAS THE MOST-LIKED PHOTO ON INSTAGRAM
"We worked on our wedding photo for four days until it was good enough for Instagram."
ON HIS EXTREME SELF-CONFIDENCE
"I'm my favorite rapper."