Hip Hop Academy

Want to know some of the great things that Skip Gates is getting accomplished at Harvard?
The Hiphop Archive at Harvard University was officially established in 2002. It found its permanent home in the Du Bois Institute January 2008. The Hiphop Archive’s mission is to facilitate and encourage the pursuit of knowledge, art, culture and responsible leadership through Hiphop.
Huh? Art, culture and knowledge in the same sentence as Hip Hop?
We are uncompromising in our commitment to build and support intellectually challenging and innovative scholarship that both reflects the rigor and achievement of performance in Hiphop and transforms our thinking and our lives.
You doin ho activities With ho tendencies Hos are your friends, hoes are your enemies With ho energy to do whacha do Blew whacha blew Screw whacha screw Yall professional like DJ Clue, pullin on my coat tail an why do you think you take a ho to a hotel? Hotel everybody, even the mayor Reach up in tha sky for tha hozone laya Come on playa once a ho always And hos never close they open like hallways An heres a ho cake for you whole ho crew an everybody wants some cuz hoes gotta eat too
This is Harvard University! Considered the beacon of liberal arts education for the nation and the world! They need Hip Hop to invigorate their intellects.
Hiphop’s incursion into higher education took place within the same tradition as Black Studies, Chicano Studies, Asian American Studies, Women Studies, etc... as they listened and participated in hiphop culture, they also recognized the emergence of theories, ideas and critiques that reinvigorated intellectual debates and challenged societies and nations to address issues of justice, freedom and equality. Researchers are also interested in how hiphop incorporates and critiques culture and society and especially issues of representation and power.
Why is Harvard engaging so proudly in the celebration of the debased?
Hiphop is concerned with the major questions of philosophy, identity, ideology, art and existence. It is also interested in how oppressed people and voices move into dominant culture and often create a space for themselves.