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The Hip-Hop Fellow is a feature length documentary following Grammy Award winning producer 9th Wonder's tenure at Harvard as he teaches 'The Standards of Hip-Hop' course, conducts research and explores hip-hop's history, culture and role in academia. The film centers on the significance of incorporating hip-hop into the academy and spotlights the scholars and musicians at the forefront of preserving 40 years of hip-hop culture.
Interviewees include Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Kendrick Lamar, Young Guru, Dr. Mark Anthony Neal, Phonte, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Ab-Soul, Rapper Big Pooh & DJ Premier.
Loved the doc. While hip-hop is taught in some capacity at hundreds of classes in higher ed, it is rarely found as an area of study at the k-12 public school level. That's why I'm trying to implement this at a level where most of our young people currently reside. Most young learners do not continue their formal education beyond high school, let alone an ivy league. And for those that do go onto college, wouldn't it be great if they were exposed to the basics of hip-hop history and culture so that by the time they get to college they can take more advanced classes on hip-hop and accelerate their learning.
I'm in the process of creating an academic setting where young people at the high school level can learn about the historical basics of hip hop. My vision is to inspire more districts to build a space for young hip-hop heads to learn and engage with the culture.
Kudos to Harvard and to 9th Wonder!