9th Wonder Selects The First Four Classic Hip-Hop Albums For Harvard’s Archives

The legendary producer known as 9th Wonder is known for his work behind the boards in hip-hop, crafting some of the most timeless and iconic music in the game. Back in 2012 9th Wonder was named as a Harvard Fellow after screening his film “The Wonder Years” at the legendary institution. Part of his duty as a fellow is to research influential hip hop albums for an archival project titled “These are the Breaks” named in homage of Kurtis Blow’s classic 1980 song. 9th Wonder has been hard at work as he tracks down each original sample that was used on every song for the albums, which are also cataloged and permanently archived in Harvard’s collection.

The first four selections from 9th Wonder are Nas’ classic album “Illmatic,” Lauryn Hill’s “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” A Tribe Called Quest’s “Low End Theory” and Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly.” Speaking of the picks, he stated, “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.” Let us know your thoughts on his picks and let us know your picks. Stay tuned for much more coming soon.


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