Nas Introduces Harvard Fellowship

Harvard Fellowship

Harvard Fellowship

October 31, 2013 4:40 PM ET

When Henry Louis Gates emailed Nas to ask him to lend his name to a new fellowship at Harvard’s Hiphop Archive, the rapper replied yes “in a nanosecond,” said the professor. A decade ago, he might have had a different answer. 

“I said no to a lot of things in my twenties,” Nas said, sitting at a conference table in aviator shades and a very collegiate cardigan in the Cambridge building that houses Harvard’s W.E.B. DuBois Research Institute for African-American studies.”In the beginning, I was a fighter. I’m always going to be a fighter, but I fight differently, for different reasons, today.”

The Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellowship is the result of a major endowment from an anonymous donor who wanted Nas to be the face of the program. “He said ‘Nasir Jones is the man,'” recalled Gates, sitting with the rapper and Hiphop Archive founder Marcyliena Morgan. The fellowship is for visiting scholars and will help pay for their research and hip-hop related academic programs.

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