Legendary rapper Nas will be honored by Harvard University with “The Nasir Jones Hip Hop Fellowship.” The fellowship will fund students who excel or show creative potential in arts that are connected to hip hop.
Nas is humbled by the honor, saying: “I am immensely over-the-top excited about the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship at Harvard. From Queens, NY to true cultural academia. My hopes are that greed for knowledge, art, self-determination and expression go a long way. It is a true honor to have my name attached to so much hard work, alongside great names like Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and WEB Du Bois and to such a prestigious and historical institution, and all in the name of the music I grew to be a part of.”
Harvard officials echo his sentiments. Marcyliena Morgan, the Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University and founder and director of the Hip-Hop Archive and Research Institute, said: “Having welcomed various artists and scholars, the Hip-Hop Archive and Research Institute is uncompromising in our commitment to build and support intellectually challenging and innovative scholarship that reflects the rigour and achievement of hip-hop performance.”
Kudos to Harvard for recognizing the “rigour” and “achievement” of hip hop and supporting students who excel in it. And huge congratulations to Nas!