Nas dropped out of school in 8th grade and has become one of the most respected street scholars of all time since. He would later admit that he regretted his decision to drop out. Now, he has aligned himself in a position to push others further academically by joining with Harvard to create a fellowship in his name. The program is designed to fund scholars and artists with connections through hip-hop. Read Nas’s statement about it after the jump.
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.