Harvard seems to have taken a liking to Nas.
In 2013, the Hip-Hop Archive and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University established the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship, and on Wednesday night, the university showed love to the Queens native again, this time honoring him as a recipient of the W.E.B. DuBois Medal.
According to the Associated Press, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and boxing great Muhammad Ali were among the other honorees last night. Past recipients of the award, which was established in 2000 and recognizes "individuals in the U.S. and across the globe in recognition of their contributions to African American culture and the life of the mind," include Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, Shonda Rhimes and Quincy Jones.
"Historic night for the rap game," Nas wrote on Instagram, alongside a photo of himself speaking onstage at the event. "At the Hutchins Center Honors for the W. E. B. Du Bois Medal ceremony. This is a first for the Rap Game to receive this award but, definitely not the last. Thank you. #HarvardHistory."
He also kicked it with Holder, Harvard professors Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Lawrence D. Bobo, captioning the pic, "Understand the Cipher."
Nasty has actually been in a cipher (of sorts) with Gates before, back in October, when his episode of the professor's PBS show "Finding Your Roots" aired.
If you missed it then, you can check it out below.
Congrats to Nas on his latest honor.