(Rolling Out) — Professor Marcyliena Morgan understands how important hip-hop culture is to society. As the director of the The Hip-Hop Archives at Harvard, Morgan facilitates the examination of hip-hop culture and art from an intellectual perspective. During rolling out’s recent visit to The Hip-Hop Archive, Morgan discussed why the study of hip-hop is needed at an Ivy League institution and how the hip-hop generation has approached higher education.
How did The Hip-Hop Archives come into existence? The Hip-Hop Archives came about when I was a professor at UCLA. Many of my students were involved in hip-hop in the late ’90s. They would bring me hip-hop material and I took a closer look at it. I am a linguistic anthropologist so I’m interested in language and culture.