Q-Tip to teach jazz and hip-hop class at university

Q-Tip will return to college in the fall – as a teacher.
The rapper and producer, one of A Tribe Called Quest’s founding members, will join New York University‘s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music in The Tisch School of the Arts to teach a course on the intersection of jazz and hip-hop, according to the university.
The 47-year-old is teaming up with Ashley Kahn, an author, music journalist, and a professor of music history and criticism at NYU, to teach a course that will “explore the under-appreciated connections between jazz and hip-hop” while “combining historical and social perspectives with the opportunity to produce original music at the nexus of the two genres.”
The seven-class schedule will cover artists like Public Enemy, the Roots, Lauryn Hill, and Kendrick Lamar. Students will also receive “in-class and out-of-class assignments under Q-Tip’s mentorship” that focus on performance, composition, and production.
“I couldn’t be more excited to share with the students what I know and I look forward to them also teaching me,” Q-Tip added in a statement. “Teaching is an exchange of sharing and receiving for all involved.”
A Tribe Called Quest’s hip-hop sound leaned heavily on an appreciation and an understanding of jazz, which remains a key part of Q-Tip’s musical identity. He recently appeared as Miles Davis in play My Funny Valentine at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater in New York.
Jason King, associate professor at the Clive Davis Institute, said the University is “thrilled” to have Q-Tip join the faculty, calling him, “… a peerless icon who redefined hip-hop for generations to come and brought jazz to the genre,” and adding: “… He also has a natural instinct for teaching and cultivating excellence in students in terms of their focus on craft and expressive style. It’s going to be transformative to have him on board.”
Class will be in session with the rapper, who is also the artistic director and adviser-at-large of The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Hip-Hop Culture Council in Washington D.C., from 5 September (18).