The Roots drummer Questlove has signed up to teach New York University students all about classic albums as part of a new course.

The hip-hop icon, real name Ahmir Thompson, will front a series of lectures at Nyu next spring (13).

University professor Jason King tells the class will explore the meaning behind "classic" or "seminal" albums and why they are considered as such.

The course will examine records including Led Zeppelin's Iv, Prince's Dirty Mind and Michael Jackson's Off The Wall, among others.