The new Professional Music BFA at The Creative School that launched last fall gained a lot of media attention with the introduction of an elective course on ‘Deconstructing Drake & The Weeknd’ for the winter 2022 term. Enthusiasm for the class surged as news of the new course went viral. Students enrolled in this seminal course will have the opportunity to explore hip-hop, R&B and pop culture through two of the most popular and internationally bestselling artists, Toronto-born Drake and The Weeknd.
The class will examine the conditions that led to their meteoric rise as a way of understanding their monumental impact on the entertainment industry. It will also focus on issues of representation related to the Canadian music scene. Students can expect to learn the entrepreneurial side of these musical artists (think Drake’s OVO line or his role as the global ambassador for the Toronto Raptors), while also dissecting their lyrics with a literary eye.