In the early 2010s, Drake and The Weeknd made an impeccable impact on the music scene in Toronto. They changed what it meant to be an artist from the city by becoming worldwide brands. Their success as groundbreaking entertainers for Canadians will be the focus of a full collegiate course at the University of Toronto.

According to HipHipDX, Toronto-based writer, podcaster, and Hip-Hop scholar Dalton Higgins will be lecturing on Drake and The Weeknd’s record-breaking careers as well as examining the Toronto Hip-Hop and R&B scene that they both helped shape.

In his announcement of the course on Instagram, Higgins wrote, “I’ll be teaching a course about two Toronto-born music titans; Drake & The Weeknd in early 2022.”

Higgins, who notably published the Drake biography Far From Over: The Music and Life of Drake in 2012, reveals that he felt it was important to shine a light on Drizzy and Abel’s cultural contributions after the emergence of higher education courses on “rock, folk and pop stars like Miley Cyrus, Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga.”

“It’s time to get our Canadian rap & R&B icons recognized & canonized academically or otherwise,” Higgins continued. “And it is CRITICAL for scholars, historians, to examine the Toronto music scene that birthed Drake/Weeknd and helped create the conditions for them to become mega successful.”