Nas – quite possibly considered to be one of the best lyricists of all time — is heading to the Ivy League!
The 39-year-old rapper is being honored by Harvard University with the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship at its W.E.B. Du Bois Institute; the honor is a joint venture with Harvard’s Hip-Hop Archive.
As for the fellowship, it will assist students who excel in the arts “in connection with hip-hop.”
“I am immensely over-the-top excited about the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship at Harvard,” Nas said in a statement. “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 W.E.B. 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.”
The Hip-Hop Archive was established at Harvard in 2002. It supports growing research in hip-hop.
“Nas is a true visionary, and he consistently shows how boundaries can be pushed and expanded to further the cause of education and knowledge. The work of the Du Bois Institute is enriched by the addition of the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship,” said Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research.