On Friday, the MC said he held this news for a while before the announcement.
Lupe shared the news on his Twitter account to 1.1 million fans that he will be teaching at MIT during the next school year.
“I been holding this for a while,” Lupe said. “I’ll put together something more sophisticated later that really captures the nuance and gravity but for now I’ll just say it straight and raw: I’m going to teach Rap at @MIT”
Twitter users reacted to the news with excitement for the Drogas Wave rapper, congratulating him on this new endeavor and even mentioning taking up one of his classes themselves.
Lupe previously spent time as a 2020-21 Visiting Artist at the school. He teamed up with Nick Montfort, the Professor of Digital Media, to speak on the intersection of rap, computing, and activism.
According to the school’s website, Lupe’s interests in cognitive science, linguistics, semiotics, and computing were exhibited in his work as a musician and producer.
“During his CAST residency, he shares insights from his work as an entrepreneur and community advocate,” the website read. “for instance working with the Society of Spoken Art (SOSA), an educational guild for aspiring and established rappers, of which he is a co-founder.”
Montfort and Fiasco also organize “Code Cypher,” a one-day creative coding event that engages teams of MIT students in fall 2021.