12/03/2012 11:43 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2013

Hip Hop Legend Afrika Bambaataa Named Visiting Scholar At Cornell - Campus Progress

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He's already a hip hop legend, social activist, and pioneer in the music world, but now DJ Afrika Bambaataa will add another profession to his already impressive resume: Ivy league visiting scholar at Cornell University.

Bambaataa--who is widely accepted as the originator of electrofunk sound--joins a growing list of prominent hip hop artists exploring the world of academia. Earlier this fall, New York University recruited the Roots' ?uestlove who teaches a two credit music course at New York University. NYU also picked hip hop producer Swizz Beatz as their Producer in Residence for the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music at the Tisch School of the Arts.