Oct 4, 2013
The country's oldest academic institution just so happens to be home to The Hiphop Archive at Harvard University. When people think of Harvard University, hip-hop culture doesn't necessarily come to mind. However, Cambridge, Mass., is a more fitting location for a hip-hop archive than people may realize. Back in hip-hop's early days, Harvard was among the nation's "elite" schools to play rap music on its radio station, Marcyliena Morgan, the archive's founder and director, told the Boston Globe. The Globe reports that the archive will only gain more attention with the introduction of the Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellowship, which takes its name from Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, the chart-topping rapper more commonly known as Nas.
"Hip-hop has an incredible ego, and so does Harvard," Morgan told the Globe. In a press release, Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, which the archive is a part of, said the institute's work will be enriched by the addition of the new fellowship. In the eyes of Gates, Jr., Nas is a "true visionary."
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