Hip-Hop and Education:
Using Rap Music to Teach a New Generation
Entertainment Company Smart Music has just released Lesson One, a new compilation of songs that uses rap lyrics and today’s hip-hop beats to teach students U.S. history, geography, health, politics, and African and African-American history. The songs, which include “First 25 Presidents,” “Drugs,” “50 States,” “Slavery” and “Congress Women,” make learning fun, accessible and more modern for a new generation of young people who are drawn to hip-hop music.
New Jersey entrepreneur Larry “Lak” Henderson who co-founded the company and also wrote and performed most of the tracks and co-produced all of them, wanted to create educational hip-hop music that sounds like the music young people are listening to today.
“Most companies who have approached this idea in the past have not captured the hardcore hip-hop sound quite like Smart Music. They have more of a ‘pop-hip-hop’ version. The soul is missing,” says Larry.