Hip Hop Pedagogy

Can the Hip Hop movement play a role in changing the education system?

The Hip Hop is a cultural movement originated in the 1970s in the Bronx. Amidst poverty and violence occurring in the streets, youth applied their creativity to create the five elements of Hip Hop. These elements consist of DJiing, Bboying/Breakdacing, MCiing/Rap, Graffiti and Knowledge. Hip Hop was founded on the values of peace, love, unity and having fun. However in the 1980s, the music industry started to promote ‘gangster rap’ which in essence spread messages contrary to the Hip Hop movement. Whereas ‘Gangster rap’ promoted violence, drugs and prostitution, Hip Hop was founded on the values of peace, unity, love and having fun. However, the audience could not distinguish apart these two movements thus Hip Hop started to become associated to ‘gangster rap’, attaching a negative stigma to it. Over the last years, there has been a resurgence of the original Hip Hop movement. Young people became interested in Hip Hop because it allowed them to learn for their personal identities and express their inner-self through the five elements. The globalized world has seen the spread of Hip Hop through different countries around the world.

Here is one perspective on Hip Hop education: