Hip-Hop and Science, something most people don’t often equate as synonymous. But check the music catalogs of Afrika Bambaataa, Ultramagnetic MC’s, KRS-One, Rakim, Del the Funky Homosapien (Deltron 3030 project especially), all the way down to the Wu-Tang Clan and many others you can find scientific references in their lyrics. GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan has been partnering up with Teachers College, Columbia University Professor Christopher Emdin on a program called Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S. which uses the Hip-Hop element of Emceeing (Rap) to teach science to kids in NYC public schools. Below is a TED Talk video featuring the GZA talking about the program he’s involve with, and how Hip-Hop can be a tool in reaching and educating youths of today on science. The video also includes demonstrations from students of the program, as well as GZA kicking a few verses. Droppin’ mad science!
Info via PBS
The genius of science: GZA & Science Genius at TEDxTeen 2014
Bonus Video: GZA & Professor Christopher Emdin talks with Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson