Reflection Of Hip-Hop Music

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Think back to when you were in your high school English class or even science class. Did your teachers ever use creative ways to help you learn better? Some teachers across the country have begun to incorporate Hip-Hop into their curriculum to get students more engaged in class. While it is very easy for students to remember the words to their favorite songs, it is hard for them to remember what they had just learned earlier in class. Many Hip-Hop songs tell stories about everyday life struggles in urban communities that many urban students can relate to. Hip-Hop music is a reflection of urban culture because it chronicles the current sociological movement and should be taught to the urban youth because they can connect to and learn from the…show more content…
Listening to the artist’s lyrics about their own experiences can teach the listeners to not make stupid mistakes and if they continue to follow the right paths, they can achieve more and be successful like the rappers. Hip Hop literacies can be applied in and outside of the classroom. Students can identify themselves through Hip Hop culture. In the article, “You Don’t Have to Claim Her”, the author and English teacher Lauren Leigh Kelly, explains that women of all ages can use Hip Hop to identify themselves despite the genre of music having a masculine connotation (Kelly 530). Female artists like MC Lyte, Lauryn Hill, Queen Latifah, and Salt-N-Pepa have opened the door for women to Hip Hop. These female artists painted a picture of encouragement and self-confidence for their listeners but more specifically, women through their wise and clever…show more content…
Hip Hop became an escape and a reflection of the struggles that were faced in the inner-cities of New York that expanded all throughout the country to the West coast. Teaching Hip Hop is beneficial to urban youth education because students can learn from the lyrics and messages of Hip Hop songs. From giving the audience insight to what a day to day life is like in an inner-city to encouraging the lyrics in these songs allowed the listener to challenge common and conventional thinking and students can apply what they learn in and outside of the classroom. Hip Hop pedagogy is being applied to many teaching curriculums throughout different classrooms every day. From being taught in an English class to being used to help students learn science, Hip Hop has been very successful in teaching urban youth. It allows students to become more engaged in class and makes it easier for them to learn and understand what is being taught to them. Urban youth can relate and connect to the lyrics because they see and experience very similar things that the artists mention in their songs. And even though Hip Hop is a predominantly male genre, many young girls and women can relate and connect to the genre of music as well. And while many can oppose Hip Hop from being used to teach the youth because of the explicit
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