FROM THE VIOLENT STREETS TO THE CORE OF THE IVY LEAGUE; HARVARD.
Those days are far gone, when people used to consider hiphop; as the dead man’s game. The likes of TuPac Sharkur and The Notorious BIG, didn’t live long enough to see the making of history . Hiphop has not only undergone charismatic transformation from a multi-million dollars company to a multi-billion dollars company, but it has seen the greatest takeover in the history of creation. Hiphop is taking over the IVY League’s Harvard; a degree programme in hiphop is now possible.
From being a thing of the hood; associated with violence, sex, drugs and more, hiphop is the new ivy league’s bride. In this modern era, almost everything is important for human development. For a cupping of crimes, violence, civil unrest, civil disobedience, etc. states are called upon to incorporate such cultures into their curriculum so as to meet the diverse needs and talents of the younger generation.
Hiphop is in Harvard… Yes, I said it and I mean it. Harvard like in the HARVARD UNIVERSITY? YES the IVY LEAGUE HARVARD.
Marcyliena Morgan, Director, Hiphop Archive & Research Institute
The Hiphop Archive & Research Institute at Harvard University was officially established in 2002 and had a permanent home in January 2008. Its permanent home is in the Du Bois Institute. The institute’s mission is to facilitate and encourage the pursuit of knowledge, art, culture and responsible leadership through Hiphop. There is collaboration between the institute and other groups and individuals who support hiphop culture, in a bit to keep this rich culture alive. Harvard has recognized Hiphop classics by artists such as Nas, Lauryn Hill and Kendrick Larmar. This goes to show the world that Hiphop is no longer what it used to be.
Hiphop is redefined; hiphop is here to stay.
On February 29, 2016 the Loeb Music Library at Harvard University, in collaboration with the Hiphop Archive and Research Institute (HARI), began its archive of 200 of the most influential hiphop albums. Curated by Patrick Douthit (9th Wonder) and in collaboration with other hiphop producers, the Classic Crates Collection will begin with four albums. Beginning 2017, ten albums (minimum) will be archived into the collection each year. The 2016 inaugural collection includes:
- The Low End Theory by A Tribe Called Quest,
- Illmatic by Nas,
- The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill by Lauryn Hill, and
- To Pimp A Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar
SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDY HIPHOP IN THE UNIVERSITY
For a scholarship to study Hiphop in the University, you can simply follow the link below to apply for the Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellowship. The two decade (plus) career of multi-platinum Def Jam Recordings artist Nas is at the heart of a joint announcement by the Hiphop Archive & Research Institute and the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at Harvard University, to establish the Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellowship. The Fellowship will provide selected scholars and artists with an opportunity to show that “education is real power,” as it builds upon the achievements of those who demonstrate exceptional capacity for productive scholarship and exceptional creative ability in the arts, in connection with Hiphop.