From SoundCloud: Youth Culture Power by Jay ARE consists of J Rawls produced, jazz-infused hip-hop tracks blended with live instrumentation of the Liquid Crystal Project over which the emcees rhyme poetic laced with the melodic tones of Tiffany Paige on the state of educating inner city youth today. Rawls and Robinson list the many challenges; like culturally-biased standardized tests, the whitewashing of history in textbooks and the cutting of resources, but counter with a wealth of solutions; like relating to students, implementing new techniques in the classroom and simply being attentive to the happenings of their lives. The wordplay within every verse is weighted with the tenets of Youth Culture Pedagogy (YCP), and sound bites from educators and scholars with foundational schools of thought, like Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, Dr. Jocelyn Wilson, Martha Diaz, Dr. Bettina Love and Dr. Christopher Emdin, are laced throughout this musical journey. The project stays true to their musical craft as well as their educational message, welcoming longtime fans of their music in addition to parents, educators and administrators.
This is some brilliant stuff from Vox. Check it out.
This 1.5 hour long roundtable discussion features advocates, educators and emcees engaged in an important discussion about hip-hop's impact on social activism.
K-Dot's TV appearances are usually something pretty special. PLUS, for those concerned with such things, he censors many of his lyrics for television audiences that might make classroom use more possible for some folks. Here's a playlist of some of Kendrick's television performances. Enjoy!
WondaGurl is an important example of a young woman succeeding in the often male-dominated world of beat production. Check her out!
FROM YOUTUBE: David E. Ellis, the founder and director of the High School for Recording Arts ("Hip Hop High"), was born and raised in St. Paul Minnesota, and is a graduate of the St. Paul Open School. Mr. Ellis established himself in the music business in the mid-eighties as the first rap recording artist to release a record in Minnesota, the "Twin City Rap." After a couple of independent record releases with regional success, he was recruited by Prince and Warner Brothers to record and produce records at Paisley Park. Eventually, Ellis started his own production company, Studio 4, where a number of young black artists who had dropped out of high school soon became a permanent presence. These young artists would ask Ellis questions about recording their music, copyrighting and publishing their work, reading and understanding a recording contract, and so on. Guiding them through the creative and business process of the recording industry, Ellis was struck by the way the youth naturally embraced academic subjects that supported their pursuit of music careers. With that realization, and after a two-year pilot program, the High School for Recording Arts was born. It received a charter from the Minnesota Department of Education and emerging as the only public school of its kind in the United States. At the High School for Recording Arts the classes are small. The education is tailored to students' interests and needs, and guided by faculty advisors. But it's the school's respect for the hip hop back beat and poetry of today's inner-city youth that make the High School for Recording Arts (HSRA) in Minnesota's Twin Cities a model educational program for at-risk youth, grades 9-12.
FROM YOUTUBE: This impassioned talk explains how students who identify with Hip Hop culture have been ignored or deemed deficient in schools because of mainstream misconceptions associated with Hip Hop culture. Through Hip Hop, these students embody the characteristics of grit, social and emotional intelligence, and the act improvisation- all of which are proven to be predictors for academic success. So where is the break down between formalized education and the potential for success for these students? Dr. Love argues that ignoring students' culture in the classroom is all but an oversight; it's discrimination and injustice that plays out in our culture in very dangerous ways.