By Malcolm “Laidback Mack” Morrow The other day my homie TheBestestLexis posted a pic that instantly reminded me of the excellent c...
By Malcolm “Laidback Mack” Morrow
The other day my homie TheBestestLexis posted a pic that instantly reminded me of the excellent cartoon series “Class of 3000” that Andre 3000 created for Cartoon Network in the mid-2000’s. The series ran for 26 episodes and spawned a cult following of fans of all ages. Her caption was part of the intro theme for the series that featured Andre 3000 as a legendary music artist that steps away from his career and becomes a music teacher for a gifted class of students at an Atlanta middle school for the arts.
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For those hungry for some material from Dre, this would serve as a nice treat if you haven’t heard of the show.
The songs on the show were musically deep and varied by genre, composition, tone, style and concept in every episode. The series birthed classic songs that would be a cool addition to the collection of any music enthusiast’s collection.
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The show’s artistic direction was also commendable. Each episode featured a music video that was created using a different art style each time. This allowed the show to capture the feeling of the songs sonically and visually.
Everything oozed with creativity and I’m sure it helped to stimulate a spark in the minds of a few future artists. I know it did for me. I was able to become familiar with different types of music genres in a cohesive manner that was easy to digest.
The art style and music video transitions helped me to learn how to appreciate the various types of expression that were available to help visualize sounds and ideas without even knowing it.
“Class of 3000” was a great animated exploration of music not only as entertainment but also as a teaching tool for youth that could strengthen interest and appreciation for the arts.
The show also had a game on the Cartoon Network website called The Class of 3000 Funk Box. The game was basically online based producer software for kids that could be used to create simple songs using a varied range of instrumental elements.
I would spend hours creating songs on a Saturday afternoon. I wonder how many budding producers got their start using this game. On Youtube I found plenty of examples of people using the game to create some pretty good tracks.
I was in high school when the series came out and I never missed an episode. I really enjoyed the series as a whole and enjoyed learning more about music in an innovative way. Andre 3000 is legendary is so many ways and Class of 3000 is a great piece of his artistic legacy.
Cartoon Network released a special edition of the series in a DVD box set. It can be purchased on Amazon.