The concept behind the video is that hip hop is poetry. It is a way of getting students to write in an academic setting. It is also a way to get students to interpret what they listen to. Too often, I’ve seen young people enjoying music that may be against who they are. For example, a young man who is gay may listen to a dance hall song that is insulting them. This happens because people listen to the beat instead of the lyrics.
I would use this video to show that behind the sound are words. I would also use this to show that those who listen to music, any form of music, are a part of poetry. I want to also show students that they can write about anything. There are injustices to write about. There are everyday experiences to write about.
In addition to showing this video, I would have students choose a song of their own and create an interpretive video. This interpretive video would accompany a poem inspired by the music they have chosen. Their creativity would be displayed to motivate them and to build community schoolwide.
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Music by KRS One – ‘My Philosophy’