April 22, 2018 / 12:17 PM

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Q-Tip To Teach Jazz, Hip-Hop Course At NYU

 

Q-Tip will conduct a seven-class course beginning in the fall at the New York University's Tisch School of the arts.

The musician will hold classes at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music to help the students examine the connection between hip-hop and jazz.

A spokesperson for the New York University also confirmed that Ashley Kahn will be teaching music history at the school in the fall. Kahn and Q-Tip will teach students about the intersections and parallel developments of the two music styles.

It was also revealed that each class session will be divided into two major parts. The first half will focus on reading, listening, and viewing source materials for the course. The second half of the classes will center on musicianship, performance, composition, and production with the students in the class.

Q-Tip's Statement

Q-Tip expressed his excitement over his upcoming venture after the university's announcement.

"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," said Q-Tip.

The Tribe Called Quest is one of the things that will be examined in Q-Tip's classes alongside other artists like the Last Poets, Public Enemy, Lauryn Hill, and Kendrick Lamar.

Q-Tip Talks About 'The Space Program'

Q-Tip is an American rapper, singer, actor, record producer, and DJ. He embarked on his music career with the critically acclaimed group A Tribe Called Quest. In 2015, the musician opened up about some of the songs in his We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service album.

He said that the songs in the album are all about the cultural tension in the United States. "The Space Program," for instance, is a call for unity and change.

"I believe that we really have to make a distinction between us as citizens - us as people of the earth - and people who are in positions to pass legislations and pass laws. Then once we make that distinction, we have to also figure out, who is really speaking to our betterment as individuals, and who's speaking to us as a whole?" said Q-Tip.

Q-Tip, Demi Lovato Cover 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart'

Q-Tip also made headlines last month after he and Demi Lovato released their cover of Elton John's "Don't Go Breaking My Heart."

The song is featured in one of John's tribute albums Revamp.

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