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updated 11/2/2004 5:49:01 PM ET 2004-11-02T22:49:01

Syracuse University students taking “Hip-Hop Eshu:  — The Life and Times of Lil’ Kim” will have a guest speaker Wednesday — the multiplatinum recording artist herself.

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Kim accepted an invitation to speak to the class, which is an accredited course being taught by English professor Greg Thomas. She’ll also meet with faculty and about 100 other invited students during her visit to discuss her role in the hip-hop culture and her experiences as one of its leading female stars.

“I am honored and quite proud that a class is being taught on my sensationalist lyrics, unique style and fashion and leadership role within the hip-hop community,” the 29-year-old rapper said in a statement.

The class is one of a growing number of courses being offered by colleges and universities around the country that look at the growth of hip-hop as a cultural movement.

The Syracuse course requires students to read Kim’s song lyrics as literary texts and analyze her iconography in videos and performances, according to the course description.

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