Students at the University of California, Berkeley will get the chance to critically study the music of Frank Ocean in a new course opening this fall.
Students and roommates Preya Gill and Deborah Chang connected with each other freshman year over their mutual love for Ocean. After discovering Berkeley allows students to teach pass-fail courses they decided to take their passion one step further.
“Brain Like Berkeley,” the class’s official title, will “encourage deeper literary exploration of Frank Ocean’s artistry both in lyrics and through visuals and performances.”
— preya (@PreyaaGill) June 15, 2018
“We hope that people will gain a greater understanding of Frank Ocean’s artistry and the way he challenges hyper-masculinity and gender politics,” Gill told Berkeley News. “We really want to prove to people that he has a place among so many poets that we study and read about.”
For a taste of what the class will cover, Chang points to Ocean’s song “Godspeed.”
“He uses minor chords and a lot of strange note pairings that gives this feeling of discomfort, and I think that points to his inner conflict and exploring his inner identity as a homosexual man,” Chang says. “So that is one example of what we will do in class to analyze his music.”
Both Ocean’s mother and brother have given their support for the course on Twitter.