This upcoming semester 9th Wonder will begin his new gig working alongside Duke University’s Professor Mark Anthony Neal teaching an African-American Studies class.

According to Neal’s personal blog, the Grammy Award-winning producer will join him in teaching “Sampling Soul,” a course that will examine songs from the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements.

“The class is studying soul music from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, the neighborhoods it came out of and where was the influence for this song to come out of,” Wonder told Maestro Says in an interview [watch below], “I’m excited man, it’s a new frontier for me. I’m always excited for new frontiers."

Wonder also taught a hip-hop history class at North Carolina Central University, the same university where he met former group members Phonte and Big Pooh of Little Brother as a student in 2001. —Brooklyne Gipson