Nas gets involved in hip hop at Harvard
Nas may not relate to Harvard students - after all, he dropped out of public school and learned more lessons on the streets than in the classroom. However, as The Hiphop Archive returns to Harvard, a new fellowship has been established in the rapper's name to honor his poetic lyrics and role in the "knowledge is power" mindset.
"Your teachers are your community, your parents, your school, but hip-hop is the voice of real people," Nas said, as quoted by The Boston Globe. "I think about Du Bois and poets like Langston Hughes - I would never in a kazillion years think I could even stand next to those guys. But I'm working toward it."
Though Harvard may be a surprising place for such a program, The Boston Globe noted that The Source, one of the first publications to recognize rap as art, was created by Harvard students in the 1980s. With the Nas fellowship in place, the archive is more likely to last into the future. Meanwhile, other schools may be wondering why they don't have a similar program.
What do you think: would you ace a hip hop exam?