It was July of last year when Harvard University bestowed Nas with the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship – a scholarship created to support individuals who exhibit academic and artistic excellence in connection with hip-hop – named in honor of the legendary Queensbridge MC. Recently, Ammunition profiled a number of those connected to the university and the program. In speaking about the fellowship Marcyliena Morgan, the director of the Hip Hop Archive at Harvard, said, “The heart of Hip Hop is the critique. It’s about, are you working at the highest possible level? It’s about practicing. You can’t be a hip-hop artist without a lot of practice. Hip-hop really does redesign what the notion is. So your competition is with yourself – it’s with others. But it’s not about just you, which is very much what happens in the academy. It’s about your contribution to the world as well.”

Words by Alec Banks
Features Editor

Alec Banks is a Los Angeles-based long-form writer with over a decade of experience covering fashion, music, sports, and culture.

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