News: Lil B Ready To Fill Domes At NYU, "I Got Swag Like Sexton"

Friday, Mar 30, 2012 9:55PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

After recently announcing plans to invade New York University next month for an open lecture, West Coast rapper Lil B has provided details on how the opportunity came together.

According to Lil B, NYU actually extended their hand out to him for the April 11th event.

"They reached out to me via email. Respect to NYU because they really see what I give to the world and they really believe in me. Respect to [NYU President] John Sexton. I got swag like Sexton. Spread the positive," B said in an interview. "[The lecture topic?] I wanna keep that super secret until we get there, but what I will tell you is that I specialize in the progression of humans. It's gonna be a real progressive talk and when everybody leaves, their lives will be changed -- I might do some rare Based God production and show the Based God's face there." (FUSE TV)

The rapper broke the news of his lecture plans earlier this week.

iCal it. Lil B is holding a lecture at New York University. On April 11, the "cultural icon Lil B will treat NYU to a very rare speaking engagement," according to NYU. Tickets are $5 for NYU students and $10 for everyone else. "LIL B GOING TO LECTURE AT NYU !!! APRIL 11th !! THIS IS GOING TO BE HISTORICAL FOR ALL HUMANS WANTING TO SEEK PROGESSIONS WITH PPL - Lil B," Lil B tweeted. (Billboard)

Last fall, Wu-Tang Clan's GZA got tagged to hold a lecture at Harvard University.

Wu-Tang Clan rapper GZA/The Genius is set to give a lecture about his music career and lyrical craft at Harvard's Black Men's Forum on December 1st. The lecture, which will be held at 4 p.m., will be followed by a Q&A with the legendary emcee and is open to the general public. While in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the GZA plans to visit the Broad Institute and the MIT Media Lab. According to a statement from the rapper, he intends to speak with scientists and thinkers there to seek inspiration for his next album, which is due out sometime next year on Babygrande Records. (Rolling Stone)

Not the only New York rapper to kick knowledge, Dipset's Jim Jones taught an eight week music course in 2010.

"I think the business is pretty easy to learn especially the way the kids are so susceptible to music ... they could learn a song in one day," the rapper explained in an interview. "But, one of my angles I am coming with is building a bridge between music and real education. It seems that they learn songs in a way that they should be learning their lessons, but they don't...I think I am still a part of the next generation of executives. I'm not a full blown executive yet, but I hope that I can lead by example as far as my hustle and my work ethic. I'm trying to make the classroom into a makeshift label, where we deal with publishing, marketing, and promotion. We could have an artist, a manager run through it and see how that would work." (BallerStatus)

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