Introduction: Why Do Rappers Even Brag In The First Place? Quick history lesson. A major aspect of hiphop, as a culture, is self-expression, be it through dance (Breakdancing), visual art (Graffiti), creation of music (DJing) or the spoken word (Rapping). And you can throw fashion in there too. Now, if you don’t know, rap as […]
An excellent essay on self-loathing in hiphop via Notorious B.I.G’s debut album, ‘Ready to Die’, by Iesha Small. Fascinating. Click now, thank me later. Exploring self loathing in hip hop via Notorious B.I.G’s ‘Ready to Die’ Album.
79 celebrities, one song and a whole lot of double syntax. Presenting the ‘Celebrity Heist’. Shoutout to GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan for inspiring this song with his masterpiece: ‘Fame’. Note: Music also produced by me, using my turntables, some old records, and a sequencer. See if you can keep up with the words below. […]
New poem for anyone who’s ever been born/ has an ancestry. Enjoy. Unwanted Gifts do not Think for just a second that you are above tradition: you are Doing what was done before you came into existence. you are Treading through the halls and all your pauses or decisions are a Momentary flaw along a […]
Hola, So my recent Rap Genius exploits led me to start annotating Notorious B.I.G’s ‘One More Chance/ Stay With Me Remix’, a song that is ostensibly about the pursuit of women for sexual adventures, using wealth as bait. Fair enough. A few minutes in, I realised that the song (one of my all time favourite […]
So. March 9th 2013 saw the third UK Hiphop Ed seminar, at which a collection of teachers, poets, artists, thinkers, social workers and general ‘good eggs’ met to share views and ideas on Hiphop culture, pedagogy, philosophy and pretty much everything in between. For the uninitiated, Hiphop Ed can be summarised as a socio-political movement […]
Hello again, This week saw the start of a poetry unit with year 7. Exciting times. I’m keen to embed the kind of analysis skills that I expect from A level students from a far earlier stage, so wanted to begin with an almost idealogical approach. What is poetry? Why do we write it? Why […]