Build. Respect. Represent: Harvard University Honors Nas with The Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship

Mon, Sep 23, 2013 at 11:58 AM by User 8 Comments

This week the country's oldest and most prestigious academic institution, Harvard University, honors Nas with the official introduction of the Nasir Jones Hip Hop Fellowship program. The Nasir Jones Hip Hop Fellowship by the Hip-Hop Archives and W.E.B Du Bois Institute will fund scholars and artists who show productive scholarship and creative potential in the arts in connection with hip-hop.



Speaking of the honor, Nas stated "“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,” he said. “But I’m working toward it”. In working towards that goal, Nas has inspired many along the way with his poetry of lyrics and knowledge driven music content, which made him a perfect fit for the new fellowship program.

The program, which is overseen by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and headed by Professor Marcyliena Morgan, also seeks to incorporate Hip Hop into higher education without losing and compromising what Hip hop is and means to those who introduced it and to those who continue to develop and sustain Hip Hop culture. The archive includes books, magazines, recordings, and ephemera that enhances the study of hip-hop.



  1. Mshana Shaban avatar

    On Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 7:07 AM, Mshana Shaban said:

    Big up Nas....
    [email protected]

  2. Mshana Shaban avatar

    On Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 6:48 AM, Mshana Shaban said:

    Congrats are real lyrical miracle......big are my favourite MC

  3. Patricia avatar

    On Thu, Oct 3, 2013 at 6:51 AM, Patricia said:

    Congratulations Nas! I am so proud that my favorite rapper has reached a monumental achievement in the game that no other rapper can touch! You are a legendary icon and your lyrical genius is unparalleled! Keep doing what you're doing I just recently saw you at Chene Park in August here in Detroit and your music has gotten me through some very tough times! I love you!!!

  4. Maineliner avatar

    On Wed, Sep 25, 2013 at 6:44 AM, Maineliner said:

    Congrats on this brilliant opportunity that allows you to teach and change even a fragment of generation! Your such an inspiration and I can't think of one day when i haven't listened to your music in a while. Your such an intelligent rapper who weaves together rhymes that are not only clever but preach the right message. FAVOURITE RAPPER EVER! ONE LOVE!

  5. NasdaGreatest avatar

    On Tue, Sep 24, 2013 at 11:59 PM, NasdaGreatest said:

    Congratulations Nas!!! You are a true lyrical genius. I listen to you on my playlist everyday. I am experiencing some tough times and your music helps me get through.

  6. NOMALI avatar

    On Tue, Sep 24, 2013 at 1:08 PM, NOMALI said:

    WOW!!! Congrats to both my favorite artist and my favorite genre. No ones' as deserving! Huge step for The Don and a Larger platform for the Hip Hop art and culture
    #ProudFan #HALALA!!

  7. Nisha avatar

    On Mon, Sep 23, 2013 at 11:03 PM, Nisha said:

    Very nice Nas!...What a honor to have at one of the most prestigious schools in the country!

  8. eXplainHipHop avatar

    On Mon, Sep 23, 2013 at 8:24 PM, eXplainHipHop said:

    #realtalk #hiphoplives - Professor Richard Mook from Arizona State University, opened my mind to the potential of promoting hip hop as a cultural device and tool that can be used to help society improve and understand itself. I am happy to hear this and can't wait to see how implementation goes. Thank you NaS. - [email protected]

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