Nas has been honored by Harvard University, after the educational institution decided to name a fellowship for students after him.
The Nasir Jones Hip Hop Fellowship, will fund students who excel or show creative potential in arts that are connected to hip hop.
Nas discussed the fellowship, which was established in 2002, stating, “I am immensely over-the-top excited about the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship at Harvard. From Queens, NY to true cultural academia. My hopes are that greed for knowledge, art, self-determination and expression go a long way.
The hip-hop icon then added, “It is a true honor to have my name attached to so much hard work, alongside great names like Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and WEB 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.”
Marcyliena Morgan, The Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University and founder and director of the Hip-Hop Archive and Research Institute, Marcyliena Morgan discussed Nas’ honor, remarking, “Having welcomed various artists and scholars, the Hip-Hop Archive and Research Institute is uncompromising in our commitment to build and support intellectually challenging and innovative scholarship that reflects the rigour and achievement of hip-hop performance.”
Nas has had a rather tumultuous 2013, with the 39-year-old rapper having been hospitalised in January with severe vertigo whilst he was traveling to New York to appear on Live! With Kelly and Michael.
However, last month, he was pictured in the studio with Justin Timberlake, Timbaland and Jay-Z, as the foursome worked on some material that it is allegedly going to be on Timberlake’s new album, The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2, which is due out in September.
Do you think Nas deserves the honor that has been bestowed upon him by Harvard university?