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A History Of Rappers In College Classrooms


When it was announced earlier this week that Harvard University had developed a fellowship in honor of legendary Queens MC Nas, it sent minor shockwaves through an industry that may have felt somewhat shunned by higher education in the past. But as we celebrate Nas and the Nasir Jones Fellowship, we took a look back at the recent history of rappers embracing higher education. From a course on feminism and Lil’ Kim at Syracuse University to 9th Wonder teaching specialty classes at Duke and Harvard to Questlove teaching a course on classic albums at NYU, the past decade has seen hip-hop breaking into college classrooms in unprecedented ways. Check out our history of rappers embracing higher education.—Compiled and written by Chris Mench, with additional reporting by Christine Werthman

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