Patrick “9th Wonder” Douthit has positioned himself to be Hip-Hop’s premier historian and his resume continues to be bolstered per the latest news to arrive from N.C. Central University.
The multifaceted producer will see his current class “Hip-Hop in Context” be an offshoot to a Hip-Hop Institute this coming fall semester. If it sounds like a really big deal, that’s because it is.
Reports The Herald Sun:
NCCU formally announced the move at a news conference Monday on campus. NCCU Chancellor Debra Saunders-White said the university is embarking on a new era in its academic offerings. The Hip-Hop Institute is the beginning of an interdisciplinary program, she said, based in the history department.
Jim Harper, chairman of the NCCU history department, said the department is proud to house the Hip-Hop Institute and will also be working with the mass communication and music departments.
“It’s funny how things come full circle,” 9th Wonder said. He, Harper, and NCCU Men’s Basketball Coach LeVelle Moton were all in history class together in the mid-1990s at NCCU. This is also where 9th started his academic journey teaching, he said.
His mother and father were his teachers, but so was hip-hop artist Chuck D. Originally from Winston-Salem, 9th attended NCCU, but didn’t graduate, instead following his hip-hop career.
The plate is reaching buffet-like proportions for the Grammy Award-winner. As of late, he has added yet another has compilation effort under his belt and has been instrumental in spearheading the career of female MC prodigy Rapsody.
Clothing giant LRG also named him as their Director of Creative OutReach and Business Development last month.
The class–HIST 3020 – The History of Hip-Hop–is currently open for enrollment.
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