Hip-hop is still at the forefront of popular culture.  Although EDM may have surpassed the genre in terms of dominance over American youth (maybe), hip-hop’s effect on popular culture is still widespread and profound.  Although it’s still undergoing transformative periods in its ever-evolving history, the genre is increasingly a subject of academic debate.

More and more colleges and universities are working hip-hop classes into the cirricullum.  Bun B has lectured at Rice University in Houston.  It’s impossible to predict the future of academia, of course, but hip-hop seems poised to be studied as prestigiously as, say, jazz— another inherently African-American genre of music that has evolved considerably since its inception— someday.