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9th Wonder Picks Four Classic Hip Hop Albums For Harvard's Archives

By Daryl Nelson
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Four classic Hip Hop albums will be entering Harvard's archives, and 9th Wonder is directly responsible for it.

Five years ago, the former Little Brother member became a fellow of the Ivy League institution after screening his film The Wonder Years there.

As part of his responsibilities, 9th will be selecting the 196 rap albums that have had the most impact on the genre. It's for a project called These are the Breaks, after Kurtis Blow's 1980 tune "The Breaks."

Wonder just selected the first four, and they are:

A Tribe Called Quest's Low End Theory, Nas' Illmatic, Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly and Lauryn Hill's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

You can see a post about the project below.

In 2012, I was chosen to be a Harvard University Fellow at The Dubois Institute under the direction of @henrylouisgates and Dr. Marcy Morgan. I chose the research project "These Are The Breaks"....a collection of albums that are the standard of the culture.....200 in all in no particular order. These are the first four we chose to start with....to live for forever in the Harvard Library...and to be forever placed in the canon...complete with liner notes and the vinyl that was used in the production of the album...... To live forever....shouts @levelsoundz and @madtwiinz for the masterful design of the boxes and content. @HarvardUniversity @TheHipHopArchive 4 down.. 196 to go....

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