Nas is really changing the game with this one.
“Nas is a true visionary, and he consistently shows how boundaries can be pushed and expanded to further the cause of education and knowledge,” said Henry Louis Gates, Jr., director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. The statement says the fellowship will be awarded to those who show academic excellence and creatively show that "Education is power."
“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,” said Marcyliena Morgan, the founder of the Hip-Hop Archive, said.
Nas responded to news of the scholarship today. “My hopes are that greed for knowledge, art, self-determination and expression go a long way,” he said. “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.”
Congratulations to him.
Also check out Nas on Complex TV's Complex Music below.