Q-Tip to Teach a Hip-Hop and Jazz Course at NYU This Fall

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If you’re attending New York University in the Fall of 2018, get your pen and pad ready: legendary MC Q-Tip will be teaching a new course that explores the connection between jazz and hip-hop. The course was announced through NYU’s website on April 6, which Tip reposted through his Twitter with the added comment, “Come to class!”

The course will be offered through NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music of the Tisch School of the Arts. Alongside Q-Tip, writer Ashley Kahn will be teaching the course, too. Kahn is an author, music journalist, a recording and concert producer, and a professor of music history and criticism at NYU. The university’s website gives a brief summary of the course-to-be:

“The seven-class course covers the unique historical relationship between jazz and hip-hop and examines the boundary-breaking artists of the 1970s, 80s, and 90s and beyond who fused musical genres and prototyped new music techniques including The Last Poets, Stetsasonic, A Tribe Called Quest, Public Enemy, The Roots, Lauryn Hill, and Kendrick Lamar.

Each class session is divided into two: students will complete focused readings and undertake listening and viewing assignments to investigate the social, cultural, musical, and business aspects of the relationships between jazz and hip-hop. The second half of each class focuses on musicianship, performance, composition, and production with students completing in-class and out-of-class assignments under Q-Tip’s mentorship, investigating compositional and studio choices at the nexus of hip hop and jazz, and working collaboratively to create, refine, and produce their own original musical works.”


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“I couldn’t be more excited to share with the students what I know and I look forward to them also teaching me,” Q-Tip said in a statement. “Teaching is an exchange of sharing and receiving for all involved.”

Classes will start on September 5, 2018 and will take place on Wednesdays throughout the fall semester. NYU claims that the course will be among the first in the world to “explore the underappreciated connections between jazz and hip-hop and combines historical and social perspectives with the opportunity to produce original music at the nexus of the two genres.”

All the news about his upcoming course at NYU comes around the time of his birthday, April 10, on which he turns 48 years old. Happy Birthday Q-Tip!

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