New York MC Nas is easily one of the greatest to ever pick up a mic-and now Harvard University is honoring him with “The Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship” established by The Hip-Hop Archive and The W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at the revered school of higher learning. The fellowship is for “scholars and artists who demonstrate exceptional, productive scholarship and creative ability in the arts, as they relate to Hip Hop”.
When speaking about this honor, Nas had this to say:
“In my rollercoaster of a life, I’ve endured good and bad for sure, and I’ve truly been blessed to have achieved so much through art in my short life thus far,” Nas said in a statement provided by the Island Def Jam Music Group, which releases Nas’ music. “But I am immensely over-the-top excited about the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship at Harvard. From Queens, New York to true cultural academia. My hopes are that greed for knowledge, art, self-determination and expression go a long way. 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.”