Professor Tip is taking over the classroom.
Tip “T.I.” Harris is partnering with Clark Atlanta University to teach undergraduate students this fall. The Atlanta rapper will be tag teaming with renowned hip-hop scholar Dr. Melva K. Williams on a course called the “Business of Trap Music.”
According to Billboard, the “innovative undergraduate course will mesh the history of trap music with the economics behind its meteoric rise to becoming a staple in 21st-century hip-hop.”
“HBCUs have a vital role in our community and have managed to withstand even while being some of the most under-resourced institutions,” said T.I. in a statement. “Our national HBCUs continue to underscore the fact that we have always had to do more with less. I am excited to be partnering with Clark Atlanta University in my hometown – Atlanta.”
#CAUToday Clark Atlanta University Partners with Grammy Award Winning Artist, Actor & Entrepreneur @Tip and @DrMelvaWilliams to Bring an Understanding of the Origin, Culture and Business of Trap Music to the University > https://t.co/ybcvDoB8po#WeAreCAU #ComeGetSomeCAU pic.twitter.com/a7XuU4B9BU
— Clark Atlanta Univ. (@CAU) June 23, 2020
Added Tip, “I applaud their innovative approach to ensuring their students are educated beyond the traditional textbook curriculum. I am honored to lend my voice and unique experiences to the betterment of today’s young people and to do my part to lift the legacy of historical black colleges and universities across the nation.”
Williams is a Presidential Leadership Scholar and co-founder for the Higher Education Leadership Foundation (H.E.L.F.). She also serves as a Vice Chancellor for Southern University Shreveport and New Orleans.
T.I. continues to use his platform to speak out in support of his community. He joined the protests in Atlanta following the death of Rayshard Brooks, who was killed by an Atlanta police officer after he fell asleep in his car at a Wendy’s drive-thru lane.
He also recently collaborated with South African rapper Nasty C on the protest anthem “They Don’t,” with proceeds benefitting social justice organizations. They will perform the song tonight on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.”