Nas, the rapper, made his first appearance at Harvard University on Thursday to give his blessing to the new fellowship in his name.
The award will be given to two artists or scholars annually, chosen by a Harvard faculty committee. Marcyliena Morgan, the director of the Hip Hop Archive and Research Institute, will administer the fellowship and says that the application process has just started on Friday.
Morgan says, “the main focus of the fellowship is to support people doing work that has to do with the ways hip-hop itself reaches out to the youth through out the world, and how it brings issues of social justice, art, and politics together”.
The idea came about initially when a board member was asked about sponsoring a fellowship. People are usually attracted to naming opportunities but this person requested anonymity.
Without hesitation, Nas accepted when he was asked to lend his name to the fellowship. The “real life” educational side of hip-hop has never been wasted on Nas.
Nas has shown consistency in his views within his music. The committee feels having the fellowship named after him, is nothing less than inspiring.