Bun B and professor Anthony Pinn

Texas rap legend Bun B and professor Anthony Pinn has teamed up with Rice University to bring a new, free online course called “Religion and Hip-Hop Culture.”

Open for enrollment now and scheduled to begin March 24, the course builds upon the popular class the pair have already been teaching at Rice University.

In the class, students explore the ways in which hip-hop culture discusses and provides life meaning in complex ways through a discussion of the history and content of rap music; an examination of religion in rap music; an exploration of the religious sensibilities of rap artists; and a discussion of the implications of the connection between rap and religion.

“This course gave me the opportunity to let people see a side of hip-hop that isn’t always discussed,” Bun said in a statement. “We’ve started a conversation that cannot end until people have a better understanding of who we are and what we do.”

The professors will also intertwine a mix of videos, readings, music, images, stories and behind-the scenes insider perspectives to carry out the coursework.

Students who are enrolled will be asked to participate 2-5 hours per week and complete assignments based on the required reading and lectures.

For more info or to enroll, you can go here.