Q-Tip, rap legend from A Tribe Called Quest, will become a teacher. Q-Tip will be joining NYU‘s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music to teach a course that will "explore historical, social, and musical connections between jazz and hip-hop," according to NYU's website. The lucky students who will take this class can expect "in-class and out-of-class assignments under Q-Tip’s mentorship." Grammy-winning journalist and producer Ashley Kahn will join Q-Tip as a professor for the course, which will begin Sept. 5.
The course will span seven classes, where students will be studying techniques of music and the "fused musical genres" of the Last Poets, Stetsasonic, A Tribe Called Quest, Public Enemy, The Roots, Lauryn Hill, and Kendrick Lamar. The class will cover artists of the '70s, '80's, '90's, "and beyond."
"I couldn’t be more excited to share with the students what I know and I look forward to them also teaching me. Teaching is an exchange of sharing and receiving for all involved," said Q-Tip in a statement on NYU's website.
Q-Tip has been keeping busy lately: He recently did a reading of Nelson George's play My Funny Valentine at Joe's Pub in New York City, where he starred and played Miles Davis. A Tribe Called Quest just released their "final" video for the We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your service opening cut “The Space Program.” The video, directed by Warren Fu, features cameos from Erykah Badu, Vince Staples, Pharrell, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Rosario Dawson, Janelle Monáe, Alicia Keys, Anderson .Paak, and more.