Following the success of their compelling documentary The Wonder Year, director Kenneth Price and Grammy award winning producer 9th Wonder are teaming up to bring the hip hop world another film. This second project, entitled The Harvard Fellow will follow 9th Wonder during his year of lecturing and conducting research at Massachusetts ivy league college, Harvard University. Being a Hip Hop Archive Fellow at Harvard requires 9th to fulfill a research requirement, the parameters of which will be a treat for crate-diggers and academics alike. 9th has chosen a list of 10 best produced albums, whose titles include Dr. Dre’s The Chronic, Stillmatic by Nas, and Jay-Z’s debut Reasonable Doubt. 9th will track down all of the original records used to create the beats for these albums and meet some of the producers who created these beats along the way. His findings will be placed in Harvard’s library, thus helping to expand the Hip Hop Archive at Harvard’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro American Research.
In order to raise funding for the documentary, Price and 9th Wonder have started a Kickstarter campaign, which has proved hugely successful for other creative endeavours, including Issa Rae’s beloved Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl web series. In exchange for donations, Price and 9th are giving away GREAT rewards, ranging from DVD copies of The Wonder Year, to original 9th Wonder beats custom made for backers of the film project. So far, they have raised almost 25% of their $25,000 goal. The fundraising campaign is open until July 1st.
Being a huge fan of The Wonder Year, I can’t wait to see this new documentary when it is completed! I sincerely wish they had invested in hip hop this much at my alma mater. Watch the trailer for The Harvard Fellow below, and click HERE to read more about the Kickstarter campaign.
–A. Harmony (Twitter: @AHarmonyMusic)