July 16, 2013, - 5:50 pm
Harvard Establishes Hip-Hop Fellowship in Name of 8th-Grade Dropout Rapper Muslim: PhD in Rachel Jeantelology?
I’m never impressed when I hear someone went to Harvard. It means they went to a school rife with grade inflation, where students caught in a giant cheating scandal were merely given a semester off as “punishment” instead of being expelled, as they should have been. And in survey after survey of American colleges and universities, Harvard students are as dumb and ignorant of basic facts in American history and government as everyone else. Now, there is more reason to sneer at the university that has a vastly overrated reputation as the pinnacle of academic excellence: Harvard just established a hip-hip fellowship in the name of rapper Nas a/k/a Nasir Jones, an eigth-grade dropout, who is Muslim.
No word on what the Harvard Fellow studying hip-hop will find out, other than that his/her fellowship is a complete joke on America and academia. But maybe he/she can get a Ph.D. in how to speak and read and write cursive like Rachel Jeantel. Harvard says the person will be a scholar in the rich hip-hop tradition, whatever that means. Maybe someone can write a thesis paper on “The Multiple Meanings of the Ass Slap of Mrs. Jay-Z (Beyonce) During a Concert in Europe – You Know Datz Right.” Can you major in “You Be Illin’–The Complexities and Hidden Meaning of Run DMC’s Dropped ‘G’”? Yes, Jay-Z’s producer was a lecturer at Harvard for a year. Uh-huh. More:
The W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University and the Hip-Hop Archive announced the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship on Tuesday. The goal of the fellowship is to provide chosen scholars and artists with an opportunity to show that “education is real power.”
The mission of the Hip-Hop Archive, according to the announcement, is to seek projects from scholars and artists that build on the rich and complex hip-hop tradition; to respect that tradition through historically grounded and contextualized critical insights; and most important, to represent one’s creative and/or intellectually rigorous contribution to hip-hop and the discourse through personal and academic projects.
Rapper and producer 9th Wonder (Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige) chronicled his year of lecturing and research as a fellow of the Hip-Hop Archive at Harvard for the upcoming documentary “The Harvard Fellow.” For his project, 9th Wonder researched the records that created his top 10 produced albums, including Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic,” Jay-Z’s “Reasonable Doubt” and “The Blueprint,” a Tribe Called Quest’s “Midnight Marauders” and, yes, Nas’ “Illmatic.” Those records would go on to be cataloged and archived in the permanent collection at Harvard.
When is the Harvard Fellowship in “Strange Men’s Bathroom Noises Overheard at the Minneapolis St. Paul Airport” coming?
Here are some scintillating lyrics from 39-year-old Harvard Fellowship namesake Nas’ “I Gave You Power” (one of his hits):
Damn, look how muh-f*ckers use a n*gga
Just use me for whatever the f*ck they want
I don’t get to say shit
Just grab me, just do what the f*ck they want
Sell me, throw me away
Niggas just don’t give a fuck about a n*gga like me right
Like I’m a f-, I’m a gun, shit
It’s like I’m a motherf*cking gun
I can’t believe this shit
Word up, word up . . . .
Always I’m in some sh*t
My abdomen is the clip, the barrel is my d*ck uncircumcised
Pull my skin back and cock me
I bust off when they unlock me
Results of what happens to n*ggas shock me
I see niggas bleeding running from me in fear, stunningly tears
Fall down the eyes of these so-called tough guys, for years
I’ve been used in robberies, giving n*ggas heart to follow me
Placing peoples in graves, funerals made cause I was sprayed
I was laid in a shelf, with a grenade
Harvard needs to change its slogan from “Veritas” (Truth) to “Very Dumb.”
Cue the Sam Cooke. This should be the theme song for every college and university in America, sadly . . . .
Sam Cooke was wrong. The world–America, at least–is not wonderful when it’s filled with dummies.
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