Years ago, 9th Wonder joined Harvard as a tenured professor teaching all things hip-hop. His journey into the scholastic world was charted by the documentary, The Hip-Hop Fellow, and followed by a stint teaching production at UPenn. Safe to say, the academic world trusts 9th as much as Young Metro trusts Future. And that’s a very good thing. Especially when Harvard announces an effort to archive some 200 classic hip-hop records in its library, all curated by the supreme hip-hop scholar himself.
Last week the first batch of albums to preserved at Harvard’s Loeb Music Library was announced, including A Tribe Called Quest‘s The Low End Theory, Lauryn Hill‘s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Nas‘ Illmatic and Kendrick Lamar‘s To Pimp a Butterfly. Each album will be archived with the original pieces of vinyl sampled in their creation along with detailed liner notes. A minimum of 10 albums per year will get the same treatment, though there’s no word on what they’ll be or when they’ll be announced. Either way, the archives are in safe hands with 9th Wonder at the helm.