Hip Hop artist Q-Tip to teach course at NYU on Jazz’s influence on Hip Hop
Carol Ozemhoya | OW Contributor | 4/10/2018, 9:39 a.m.
Q-Tip, a member of A Tribe Called Quest, will be co-teaching a class at New York University on the connection between jazz and hip hip. The artist revealed his role in the seven-course class on Twitter. It’s believed to be the first of its kind. It’s set to begin in the fall semester at the school’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music in the Tisch School of the Arts. Q-Tip will be joined by Ashley Kahn, a music historian to teach “About the intersections and parallel developments of these musical styles,” reports Rolling Stone. “I couldn’t be more excited to share with the students what I know and I look forward to them also teaching me. Teaching is an exchange of sharing and receiving for all involved,” Q-Tip said in a statement. According to NYU, “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.”