Legendary rapper, producer and musician, Q-Tip will join Grammy-winning journalist, producer and writer Ashley Jahn at NYU to teach a course on the connection and relationship between jazz and hip-hop.
This will be one of the first in the world that focuses on the direct connection between hip-hop and jazz. The two genres have grown closer together in the past several years, notably with projects like Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly and artists such as Robert Glasper, Thundercat, Bilal and Kamasi Washington.
“I couldn’t be more excited to share with the students what I know and I look forward to them also teaching me. Teaching is an exchange of sharing and receiving for all involved,” said Q-Tip in a statement on NYU’s website.
The seven course class will study the unique relationship between jazz and hip-hop starting with artists in the 1970s, 80s and 90s such as The Last Poets, Stetsasonic, A Tribe Called Quest, Public Enemy, The Roots, Lauryn Hill, and Kendrick Lamar.
Get more info on the course here.