Grammy-winning hip hop artist, actor, reality star and philanthropist Tip “T.I.” Harris is taking his career to another level by teaming up with Dr. Melva K. Williams for CAU’s “Business of Trap Music.” The class will be offered to CAU’s undergraduate students this fall.
According to the press release, Harris will be tag teaming with Williams, a Presidential Leadership Scholar and hip-hop aficionado. Reportedly, Williams brought forward the concept as a way to expose the life, career, entrepreneurial success, experiences, and the like of national recording artist, T.I., to the HBCU community. She is also a prominent figure in higher education and is a long-time educator, HBCU advocate, and co-founder for the Higher Education Leadership Foundation (H.E.L.F.). Williams also serves as a Vice Chancellor for Southern University Shreveport and New Orleans.
“HBCUs have a vital role in our community and have managed to withstand even while being some of the most under-resourced institution,” said T.I. “Our national HBCUs continue to underscore the face that we have always had to do more with less. I am excited to be partnering with Clark Atlanta University in my hometown - Atlanta.”
“In higher education it is important that we challenge, empower and equip our students with the proper resources to excel,” said CAU President George T. French Jr. “I believe the best way to do this is to understand their culture and create life-long experiences that will not only motivate our scholars but present them with opportunities to help them become globally competitive.”
Trap Music is a sub-genre of hip-hop music and is a cultural phenomenon that involves a variety of art forms. The genre has been embraced worldwide, has been infused with other types of music and has become a part of everyday living. The effect of Trap Music is well known, but the business of Trap Music and its ability to enlighten and educate will be explored on the campus of Clark Atlanta University.