Just in case you needed more proof that Hip-Hop influences the mainstream media, here’s a great example. CBS News chronicled 9th Wonder’s “Sampling Soul“ course, which he teaches alongside Professor Mark Anthony Neal, at Duke University.
The news segment displays the Grammy winner’s accomplishments dubbing him “one of the most influential and sought after producers in rap and R&B music,” while showcasing his passion for education. Being that he’s produced for everyone from Jay-Z, to Raekwon, to Destiny’s Child, we’d say that the news piece offered a fair assessment of his talents.
CBS also took it upon themselves to explain the course’s uniqueness, in that it provides a dual perspective on not just Hip-Hop, but how Black music has acted as the soundtrack to historical happenings, like the Civil Rights Movement. In his own words, 9th Wonder said that his class is more than just him being an example to aspiring musicians, and finds him “exploring the Black diaspora of music from a cultural sense.”
We already know the details behind his musical genius, but it’s nice to see him getting shine in a larger arena. Hip-Hop is now in your classrooms, this is a good look for the culture.