Hip-Hop aint dead… it’s growing UP
Hip-hop is gradually, effortlessly maturing into an esteemed art form. More and more, traditionally high brow arts institutions are becoming keenly aware and progressively vocal about hip-hop’s impact on broader culture - right before our very eyes. In January 2014 acclaimed, international arts journal ART PAPERS takes up questions at the intersection of visual art and hip-hop (guest edited by yours truly). This is significant because its the first publication of its kind to engage this dialogue specifically.
Earlier this year I reported that Harvard’s Dubois Institute launched a research fellowship for hip-hop scholars and artists named after NAS. According to an article from Rollingstone.com “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… The fellowship is for visiting scholars and will help pay for their research and hip-hop related academic programs.”
But I was extremely excited to learn of the National Symphony Orchestra’s announcement of a concert/celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Illmatic featuring Nas along with the NSO at the Kennedy Center!!!! Tickets went on sale today and I don’t imagine they will last very long.
I’m somewhat speechless… but not ticket-less!!! See you in March D.C.!!!