9th Wonder is a producer, Professor and the Jamla Records C.E.O; in his collaboration with the Loeb Library at Harvard University, he is planning to make a chronicle of the 200 most successful Hip Hop Albums. As a music Scholar, the artist is set to recognize and document the works of artists who have contributed the most in the making of the Hip Hop Culture. Hip Hop is now celebrating its 5oth anniversary and it is at this point that greatest contributors should be honored. For the past five decades, each decade brings up a great Hip Hop icon and that’s why 9th Wonder wants them appreciated as Canon. Canon in academic sphere means a collection of writings or compositions put together. According to him, Canon is the vessel of the world that all of our knowledge of academia lives in.
In an Interview with Hi HopDX, 9th Wonder explained that by packaging the best 200 albums of all times, it will preserve the Hip Hop Culture history to be taught to generations to come. He acknowledged that the original Hip Hop Culture is fading away and getting replaced by something different and therefore it is necessary to document such moments in history. He gave an example of how Christopher Columbus discovered America and that is remembered because it was recorded as Canon.
He further explained that Hip Hop is a wide genre off music and lifestyle and there is a lot in it to be taught to future generations. Therefore, preservation will be a huge milestone to keep records for future reference. While the Hip Hop Culture of today is dominated by money, women and opulence, 9th Wonder maintains that Hip Hop was meant to create impact and influence in the society we live in. According to him, Hip Hop is supposed to be a vessel communicating the daily problems, influencing the young people to take action and make positive life out of themselves and set the agenda for the society.
However, 9th wonder said the making of such a list is not an easy fete and therefore the team has to dig deep and wide to maintain inclusivity and come up with a list that is comprehensively representative. He also added that if the artist associated with the album is alive then he will be called upon to sign and be honored for the exemplary work.