North Carolina native 9th Wonder (born Patrick Douthit) is set to teach at N.C.'s Elizabeth City State University. The school announced in a statement that as part of his faculty role, 9th Wonder will teach a class during the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters. "We are thrilled to have such a creative, accomplished, and inspirational artist join ECSU for the school year,” Farrah Ward, Ph.D., provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at ECSU said.
“This special faculty appointment is based on exceptional creative and innovative accomplishments in an individual’s field, and the Artist-in-Residence cultivates creativity across disciplines and impacts the university and community. Our students are going to love having 9th Wonder on campus, and we’re excited to have him lead our new Hip-Hop Symposium and share his expertise and talent with the university."
9th Wonder who has also taught at Harvard, Duke, Wake Forest, University of Virginia and North Carolina Central University is a Grammy award winning producer,DJ, lecturer and record executive who has worked with Mary J. Blige, Jay-Z, Drake, Destiny's Child, Kendrick Lamar and many others. He began his career as a member of Little Brother and gained critical acclaim for their 2003 debut album The Listening.
9th started his imprint Jamla Records in 2010 in Raleigh, N.C. and signed Grammy nominated N.C. rapper Rapsody. In 2010 he also joined the executive committee for Hip-Hop and Rap at the National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.