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If you want to learn about hip hop, you have to go to the source. Hip hop, as one of the most powerful and respected art forms in the history of the world, has changed the globe from top to bottom. Cornell University has shown its respect for the tradition by tapping one of the founding fathers of the genre and bringing him to campus.
The appointment, announced Tuesday, was made by Cornell University Library’s Hip Hop Collection in conjunction with the school’s music department.
From Cornell University’s website:
Cornell University Library and the Hip Hop Collection are honored to announce the appointment of DJ Afrika Bambaataa as a visiting scholar for a three-year term.
Bambaataa will visit Cornell’s campus in Ithaca for several days each year to meet with classes, talk to student and community groups, and perform. This is the first faculty appointment for a hip hop pioneer and legend at a major university.
Cornell University Library is the home of the largest national archive on hip hop culture, documenting its birth and growth by preserving thousands of recordings, flyers, photographs, and other artifacts.
Considering Bambaataa’s role in hip-hop, this appointment is well deserved.