Higher Education: 8 Recent Times Hip-Hop Ended Up in Colleges
You can actually minor in hip-hop.
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Rap is really starting to make its presence felt in colleges and universities across the nation. A small surge of classes dealing with the subject made a play for the hearts of students in the '90s—an academic acknowledgement that rap had risen from entertainment in New York City parks to globally consumed art. And rap continued to find its way into classrooms for the past 10 years, but the last few years things have really taken off. From Harvard Fellowships to newly constructed schools, here are 8 Recent Times Hip-Hop Ended Up in Colleges.
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Georgia Regents University's English Class Inspired by good kid, m.A.A.d city
Ohio State University's Hip-Hop-Heavy Psychology Course
L.A. Trade Technical College's Fashion Class Taught by Kanye
Questlove's Prince 101 Course at NYU
Harvard University's Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship
No one strings together thoughtful words and narratives quite like Nas. Harvard honored Jones' contributions to hip-hop culture last fall when it announced the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship. The fellowship subsidizes research and rap-oriented courses. For Nas, who never graduated high school, the opportunity to help young individuals like him at such a prestigious institution was especially personal.
University of Arizona's Hip-Hop Minor
9th Wonder's Work at Duke, Harvard, and North Carolina Central University
9th Wonder keeps himself busy. The Grammy-winning producer has previously handled seminars at Harvard and Duke, and, in April, announced a new class at North Carolina Central University. 9th actually attended NCCU but dropped out to pursue music. Hip-Hop in Context, which kicked off this fall, is the first class at NCCU’s newfound Hip-Hop Institute. Better still, his latest venture may become an official major offered at NCCU.