Today marks an incredible feat for Hip-hop. Harvard University and the Hip-hop Archive at the W.E.B. Dubois Foundation have announced the establishment of the Nasir Jones Hip-hop Fellowship Program.
The fellowship is said to help those who demonstrate “exceptional capacity for productive scholarship and exceptional creative ability in the arts,” in relation with the musical style of hip-hop:
In a statement Nas released, the Queens emcee says:
In my rollercoaster of a life I’ve endured good and bad for sure, and I’ve truly been blessed to have achieved so much through art in my short life thus far. But 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 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.
We salute Nas for all his contributions to the culture. Congratulations.