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New NCCU class to focus on hip hop

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Everything you ever wanted to know about hip hop and more will soon be available in a new class at North Carolina Central University.

The premise is that the hip hop industry goes way beyond making music. And who better to teach the course than a Grammy award-winning producer Patrick Douthit, a North Carolina native known in the music world as “9th Wonder.”

Douthit has taught at Harvard and Duke universities. He debuts at NCCU this fall in a class that could grow into a larger field of study.

“To have an artist like 9th Wonder come home to N.C. Central and to provide this relevant culture and curriculum to our students, I think is extraordinary,” Chancellor Debra Saunders-White said.

Douthit said the class will help students understand how to get into the music industry.

“If you want to be a lawyer in the entertainment industry there's a track for that. If you want to just study the music side of it, the ethnicology side, t here's a track for that in the music department,” he said. “If you want to learn the pop culture, there's a history side of it.”

Douthit has worked with artists like Jay-Z, Drake and Chris Brown and lectured at universities across the country, including the University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University. He said those interested in the hip hop industry need to consider a variety of skills.

“How did you make the tape? What did you make the tape on? Can you design something to make the same music you used to make the tape? Who designed the cover. Who made the website? Can you build your own website?” he said. “There are so many avenues that you can take.”

The hip hop curriculum will involve the communication, history, arts and law departments.

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