Wednesday, March 17, 2010

HHP on CBC Radio

Last week, CBC Radio came out to flux Crossfit to talk to students about how physical fitness relates to Hip Hop. The story can be heard HERE.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Music + Literary Terminology

Over the first two weeks, students have been introduced to a variety of terms that can be used to describe the music, as well as the lyrics that make up Hip Hop. Their assignment was to write two paragraphs describing a song of their choice, and incorporate some of the new terms they have learned. Their assignments are posted in the comments area of this post!

Monday, February 1, 2010

HHP Version 3

The third incarnation of the Hip Hop Project started today and we are pretty excited. Our first trip to the IMP Labs is tomorrow, and on Wednesday we head to flux Crossfit. Thursday we're working with Def3 at the IMP Labs -- this week will fly by! Stay tuned for more posts about what we're doing...

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Final Show!

The final shows have come and gone with great success. Check out what a local blogger had to say about the show, and project-based learning:

"There was a high school that was working on project-based learning. Based on the high number of low socio-economic, absentee students who have to deal with what most of the high school kids in this city can't even dream of, the teachers integrated learning with the making and appreciation of hip-hop. I think this is possibly one of the coolest things to happen in this province's education history and project-based learning should be expanded to every school (of course, there would be a lot of uproar from uptight, primarily well-off parents who would decry the loss of their kids' high-pressure tests and essays, but that's another story altogether).

I've been teaching at one school for some time now. It's been kind of on-and-off, but more on than off recently. The grade 9 art class that I've been teaching went to go see the final performance by the hip-hop crew. Now, I went to see the performance the night before, and I thought it was pretty amazing. People have no idea how difficult DJing is. These kids had made some seriously awesome beats and, with few exceptions, some really catchy old-school hip-hop songs."

Thanks to A Sub Captain on the Good Ship High School for the shout out!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

HHP in the Leader Post

Check out the story in today's paper!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Fara Palmer & 7th Generation

On Thursday and Friday, students from the HHP worked with First Nations recording artists Fara Palmer and 7th Generation. They workshopped on Thursday, recording a song, and performed the song for a Scott Collegiate audience. The concert will air nationally on CBC Radio in the spring. Here is a link to the song on youtube - check it out!

Kasp working with students on their lyrics

Johnny BKoy on the mic

Kasp from 7th Generation

Friday, March 13, 2009

Dance with U of R students

Today we went and did a dance workshop with education dance students from the University of Regina. Though not 100% Hip Hop the students enjoyed the workshop -- see the pics to prove it!

Friday, March 6, 2009

New Logo

Check out the Hip Hop 4 Youth logo above that the students collaborated to design -- this will be printed on t-shirts, and be given away when the class does workshops with Elementary Schools on positive ways to stay healthy relating to Hip Hop. The workshops will include breakdancing as well as writing positive rap lyrics.

Monday, March 2, 2009


One more piece of graffiti:

Thursday, February 26, 2009


I thought you all rocked today! All of you showed great courage by getting up and sharing your rhymes and your beats. I'm beginning to see the concert take shape.

See you next week!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Graffiti Comp

I think we can put up some serious competition ...

What do you think?

Thursday, February 19, 2009


This week students worked with Def3 on graffiti. Below is some of the work they completed:

Friday, February 6, 2009

Rhyme Schemes

On Wednesday, Mr. Riley, an intern from the university, taught the class about different rhyme schemes employed in Hip Hop music. He outlined five types of rhyme:

End Rhyme - when the last words in lines rhyme
Ex) "I sit on my bed and weep
While I still have eyes to see
When thing is true, you I will never keep
A heart to weep for thee"

Assonance - repetition of vowel sounds to create internal rhyme
Ex) "Dead in the middle of little Italy, little did we know that we riddled two middle men who didn't do diddly" - Big Pun

Half Rhyme - rhymes that aren't perfect - sometimes called crap rhyme, near rhyme, off rhyme, or imperfect rhyme.
Ex) Ill/shell or dropped/wept

Internal Rhyme - rhyme that occurs within a single line of verse - sometimes called middle rhyme.
Ex) While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping.

Multisyallabic Rhyme - rhyme with two or more syllables
Ex) "Praying for sleep, dreaming with a watering mouth, wishing for a better life for my daughter and spouse, in this slaughtering house, caught up in bouts with the root of all evil. I've seen beautiful people cruel and deceitful." - Eminem

Monday, February 2, 2009

How do we talk about music?

The first week of the Hip Hop Project, students learned terms we use when talking about music. They will continue to use these terms throughout the whole project, as we learn to describe what we hear and create. Below are their initial attempts at using some of the specialized vocabulary to describe a song they like.