Class In Da Front: Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA to give physics lecture at MIT next month


Rapper Lil’ B loves to think of himself as a trailblazer. But when it comes to rappers lecturing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the BasedGod might be onto something. A few months after Lil’ B spoke at MIT, the Cambridge school is bringing in another voice in the hip-hop community: GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan, who will speak about physics next month.

According to the Boston Globe, the series “began unofficially last November, when a member of the MIT-based crowdfunding startup TapTape arranged to bring in recording artist Lil’ B to talk about how to build a personal brand online. The lecture was such a success that other artists reached out to organizers so they could also tap into the brains of students.”

Enter the GZA, as well as Killer Mike of Run The Jewels, who will appear at the school tomorrow “to talk about how technology is affecting race relations in the United States,” writes the Globe. Run the Jewels will appear at Boston Calling Music Festival next month.


Here’s more on the GZA lecture from the Associated Press:

Massachusetts Institute of Technology officials say they will welcome a member of famed rap group Wu-Tang Clan to campus in May for the school’s ongoing speaker series featuring hip-hop artists.

Sam Magee, manager of student programs at the Arts at MIT office, says physics professor Christoph Paus will moderate GZA’s lecture, since the rapper’s latest album encompasses aspects of space and time.


GZA isn’t new to the school’s campus. The original Wu-Tang member last visited MIT in 2012 to talk to students about chess, freestyle rapping and the music that influenced his life.

Here’s the GZA rapping about science, via WBUR:

And here’s that Lil’ B talk that started it all…