Lupe Fiasco brings rap to MIT in a new class

Lupe FiascoSource: Kevin Winter/Getty

NOTFor the next school year, Lupe Fiasco is preparing to teach a “sophisticated” rap class at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The Grammy-winning rapper was selected to participate in MIT’s MLK Visiting Professor Program, which recognizes the contributions of outstanding scholars. The program also honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by working to increase the presence of minority scholars at MIT.

In addition to Lupe, Moriba K. Jah, associate professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Texas, and documentary filmmaker Louis Massiah will also teach in the program.

Lupe tweets and deletes more course info

Lupe gushed about the upcoming course on Twitter, telling fans he’s been holding the news “for a while.”

“I’ll put together something fancier later that really captures nuance and gravity, but for now I’m going to say it bluntly and bluntly: I’m going to teach rap at @MIT,” Lupe tweeted.

In a since-deleted post, the “Kick, Push” hitmaker teased more about class, according to Revolt TV.

“The program is not yet built, but I believe its fruits will be obtained by examining neuromorphic computing through the prism of Rap as a model of lossless data compression with a touch of power efficiency via refinement of the principle of Landauer applied to cytoarchitectonics. And rap,” he wrote.

Lupe Fiasco once taught at MIT

This isn’t the first time the rapper and community activist has worked with MIT. In 2021, Lupe participated in the school’s CAST residency, where he spoke to students about his community activism work.

According to his biography, the Chicagoan is the co-founder and co-owner of We Are MURAL (Magnifying Urban Realities & Affecting Lives). The organization provides meals and school programs for inner-city youth. He also runs the Society of Spoken Art, which brings together aspiring lyricists with established artists. Additionally, the rap star hosted an on-campus coding contest for college students last year.

Lupe now joins a long list of hip-hop stars who have taught at prestigious universities across America. In 2020, TI taught the Business of Trap Music course at Clark University in Atlanta. In February, Saweetie returned to her alma mater USC to speak to students about the power of entrepreneurship. The “Icy Chain” rapper will also serve as a guest speaker for USC’s four-week program for high school students this summer.


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