Rapsody’s acclaimed album Eve will be taught as part of the curriculum at two universities: one in her home state of North Carolina, and the other in Ohio.
Tyler Bunzey, a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, revealed the news on his Instagram page. “I am incredibly pleased to announce that I will be teaching a course at UNC this fall on Rapsody’s magnificent album Eve,” Bunzey announced. “We will be examining the album track by track with readings and media to accompany each record.”
Titled “Black Womanist Criticism and Rapsody’s Eve,” the course will delve into discouse surrounding “hip-hop’s historical development to engage with albums from femme-identified hip-hoppers through the genre’s history.”
This isn’t the first time Rapsody’s work is used in academia. UPROXX reported that Dr. Simone Drake, an associate professor of African American and African Studies at Ohio State University, published an academic paper that encompassed the cultural impact of Eve juxtaposed against works from the late Toni Morrison.
Rapsody shared Bunzye’s announcement on her own Instagram page, where she expressed her appreciation for the recognition. “One of the highest honors is to create art for the culture and have it taught in our educational institutions!” she wrote in the post’s caption. Thank you [Tyler Bunzey] at [UNC Chapel Hill] and Simone Drake at [Ohio State University].”
In a 2019 interview with BET, the 37-year-old MC spoke about how the album's creation was inspired by trailblazing Black women throughout history that inspired her growing up.
“Some of my biggest influencers were Nina Simone, Roberta Flack, Phylicia Rashad, Cicely Tyson, Lauryn Hill. Those were like—I got to do songs like that,” she told BET. “I just wanted to represent all aspects of black women and all roles that we play. Maya Angelou, one of my favorite poets, I have a song I wished really could have made it called ‘Assata Shakur’ because her story is so powerful and a lot of the younger kids and some of our older generation don’t even know who she is. Those are some of the women that I think that come to mind.”
See Rapsody’s post below:
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