Harvard University Honors Nas With “Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship”

Posted By Urban News Hour | July 17, 2013

Multi-platinum rapper Nas, known for his unique lyrical delivery and socially conscious message, is being honored in the world of academia.

Harvard University, in partnership with The Hip-Hop Archive and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, establish the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship, in the artist’s full name. Members of the Harvard University faculty will make up the selection committee.

In a press release announcing the scholarship, Nas said he feels fortunate to have achieved so much through art throughout his life. “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 and Research Institute — established in 2002 by its director Marcyliena Morgan, a Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard — focuses on all multimedia forms of hip-hop, including recordings, videos, film, papers and publications. The archive mission states its commitment to support innovative hip-hop scholarship that reflects the achievement of its performance and transforms everyday thought and cultural consumption.

“With the introduction of the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship, we will continue to be the leading resource for those interested in knowing, developing, building, maintaining and representing hip-hop,” Morgan said.

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