Harvard Creates Nas Fellowship

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“My people be projects or jail never Harvard or Yale…”

Street knowledge continues to amaze the scholars. Despite dropping out of the eighth grade, Nas has been honored by Harvard University with the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship. The program will fund and enrich artists and scholars with connections to hip-hop. Says Nas:

“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 thru art in my short life thus far. But 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. 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.”

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  • Slim Baller

    Realist most respectable rapper in the game

  • obi one

    This is a beautiful thing, this is where hip hop should be when it is crafted at its highest level

  • ***CROMER BEATS***

    This is Rap and Hip hop. Shit that actually makes a difference. Shout out to Nas on this monumental achievement. Harvard….WOW!

    Learn more, Do more, Get better at everything.

  • ***CROMER BEATS***

    The bigger question is…are we his true “Target audience”???

  • ***CROMER BEATS***

    Second comment was for another post… 😛

  • edi



  • it’s the roc

    Kudos to Nas. He tore it up in a time when skills and passion trumped art and entitlement. This is the kind of light that should shine on Hip Hop.

  • it’s the roc

    If someone asked you what one song defined Nas what would you tell them? I think I would go with The Message, but there are so many classics

  • this is no longer just about hip hop this is about an idol helping others acheive their dreams like he did

    i am truly inspired by nas and always will be he is the deffinition if a living legend

    i try and apply what i learn from nas to my life and to my music check it out here


  • Jinx

    obi one says:
    Tuesday, July 16 2013 at 12:37 PM EST
    This is a beautiful thing, this is where hip hop should be when it is crafted at its highest level

  • honey

    While this seem a great accomplishment the truth is black men are only praised through hip-hop and sports. How have we made strides? I would love to see a fellowship that recognized black business and medical achievers. We are more than just music and sports. They use us for those activities to fatten their pockets. So far behind we are.

  • Edgar

    YN mad!

  • ZoomZoomDad-Otis

    Niiicce ! QB stand up !

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  • JOHNYblaze

    Shit thats something Gay Z doesnt have!!

    His topical/light ass rhymes. This is the prophet slash top 3 ever to do it in anyones list!

  • Damn, that’s I’ll son

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  • Fresh87

    @honey Then get off your ass,and do something to change it!

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  • Haha

    This write up by B-Dot is a backhanded compliment. People are still bias against Nasir but he ALWAYS PREVAILS!

    Congrats to @Nas on this HUGE ACCOMPLISHMENT!

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  • creo

    @ honey cnt u just be happy stop talking down on our achievements. Niggaz went from slaves 2 running the country n the whitehouse. What more u want. Lol @Fresh87 thank u. Actions speak louder then words

  • The black robin thicke


  • Rah hill

    ESCO stay doin he’s thing. #lifeisgood

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  • That Guy

    B. Dot, I see what you did there. Not only was that disrespectful, it was also cowardly and distasteful. Pay homage, it’s a momentous day for the culture.