MC Sha-Rock of the Funky 4 Plus One, recognized as the first female emcee of Hip-Hop culture, has joined Bowie Sate University’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts as the Resident MC Hip Hop Historian and adjunct professor. Sha-Rock will teach courses and work with students pursuing a minor degree in Hip Hop Studies and Visual Culture. Professor Tewodross Williams, chair of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts announced the news of the legendary B-girl's newly-appointed position.
“We believe Sha-Rock will make major contributions to the VCDMA program," Williams said via statement. "Especially working with our students on honing their material and teaching them how to constantly strive to improve whether performing, producing in the studio or writing Hip Hop music.”
Speaking on the importance of Hip-Hop curriculum, Sha-Rock says: “It is critical that students understand the history of Hip Hop and how it became a music genre. It has played a central role in the evolution of the music industry and popular culture with commercials, movies, plays, books, fashion and other facets of everyday life impacted by Hip Hop. My goal is to help the students at the university know what Hip Hop is today, what it was and what it will be.”
The legendary Bronx quintet the Funky 4 Plus One were the first mixed gender rap crew, one of the first to make a rap recording and the first to perform on network television, famously appearing on "Saturday Night Live" in 1981.