Nas Speaks On Hip Hop’s Educational Value

The Queens, New York native is now helping to ensure that the study of Hip Hop and its cultural value endures as well. Nas teamed with the W. E. B. Du Bois Institutes Henry Louis Gates andHip Hop Archive and Research Institutes Marcyliena Morgan to create the Nasir Jones Hip Hop Fellowship. The Harvard University programprovides opportunities for students to research and develop Hip Hop centered projectslike performance pieces, curriculumplanning,and exhibition preparation. [ALSO READ: Harvard Hiphop Archive Gets NewFunding ] From its earliest days Hip Hop has served as not just an outlet of artistic expression but also as a vehicle to transport knowledge to its listeners. While Nas never completed high school the exceptional lyricistrecently spoke with Rolling Stone about how Hip Hop was an early form of education for him. One thing that drew me toHip Hopwas the things Kurtis Blow was saying, the things Melle Mel was saying,shared Nas who also revealed he had dreams of attending North Carolina State University. I would ask my folks, What do Run-D.M.C. orRakim mean by this? The creator of classic rap albums like Illmatic and It Was Written also talked about how Hip Hop and other forms of music shed a light on the thoughts and feelings of young people. Hip Hopis important like computer science, he added. The world ischanging. If you want to understand the youth, listen to the music. This iswhats happening right underneath your nose.
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