Should hip-hop be taught in school?

I know we’re supposed to pretend to be all butthurt that the Texas Board of Education recently voted to strike all references to hip-hop from its curriculum, but let’s keep it real: we don’t really want our kids going to school to learn about motherfucking rap music, do we?

And by we, I of course mean you. Because I don’t have any kids. Probably my greatest fear, short of something bad happening to my peen, is what might happen to my Yellow Tail consumption, if I were to accidentally get a fat white woman pregnant. Not to let you in on any more than you need to know about me, or what I might be thinking about doing.

Lord knows it took me long enough just to get to the point where I can drink wine on a regular basis. I’m not about to go back to Natural Light, or, god forbid, handles of store-brand Vodka, just so a kid can eat. And that’s just the food. How in the fuck would I go about providing a kid a decent education, in an age when we’re seriously debating whether or not rap music should be taught in schools?

Private school is obviously not an option, for the child of a “professional blogger.” Maybe, if it’s smart enough, it could get a scholarship to a good private school. I went to all public schools, but the district I lived in just so happened to be the best public school district in the country. (I heard it sucks now.) I went to college on a full academic scholarship (for a while, at least), even though I could easily afford it. But there’s no guarantee that my few positive qualities would be passed down to my offspring. After all, my parents go to work every day and make a decent living, and look how I turned out.

I’m at least fortunate enough not to live in motherfucking Texas, but that doesn’t mean any kids of mine would necessarily be immune to the fuckery that’s gone into crafting the curriculum down there. (In addition to replacing all references to hip-hop with references to country music, I heard they also replaced at least one Democratic president with Newt Gingrich, and Thomas Jefferson with some religious figure.) A while back, I read in the Times or somewhere that the curriculum in Texas sets the standard for the rest of the country – not because the rest of the country wants its kids to grow up to be like people from Texas, but because it costs a shedload of money to craft a curriculum. Only a few states can afford to craft their own, and of that few, Texas is deemed to be more along the lines of the rest of the US. So, a lot of the flyover states just teach whatever they’re teaching down in Texas.

I doubt the hip-hop aspect of this in particular would be as much of an issue if they weren’t replacing all of the references to hip-hop with references to country music. Like, if there was one guy who thought there should be a unit on 2Pac (I know a lot of college courses on hip-hop focus on 2Pac), and everyone else thought it was a bad idea, because 2Pac has hardly made any worthwhile contributions to rap music, let alone American culture in general. I could more or less agree with that. But they didn’t just get rid of hip-hop – they had to replace it with country music. Obviously, this is a race issue.

I don’t get why pop music needs to be discussed in K-12 public schools in the first place, but if they’re gonna discuss pop music at all, I’d go with hip-hop over country music – and I say that as someone who drinks in a lot of bars that play country music. All of the best-looking women I know love country music. Hence, I love country music. But what cultural significance does country music have, really? The only thing I can think is that it could be used to teach kids about drinking, which I’ve long been an advocate. It sounds ridonkulous, except when you think that they teach kids how to have sex. Think about how many alcohol-related teen deaths could be prevented, if teens were taught how to drink by someone with years of experience, like yours truly.

I could teach kids a thing or two about rap music, too, but I doubt any of these schools would allow me to. I’ve got a college degree, plus papers stating that I’m smarter than the vast majority of the population, but I’ve spent way too much time researching pr0n for anyone to give me a job that involves being around kids. And therein lies the probably with teaching kids about hip-hop in schools. It’s not gonna be brothers such as myself teaching these classes – it’s gonna be people who don’t know Jack Schitt about hip-hop, or, worse, people who know better but seek to purposely mislead people anyway. Like Noz. Didn’t he once substitute teach? I shudder to think what he may have told those kids.

  • JAY STONE

    If they can tech fucking Rock whose lyrcs are worse than hiphop then why not.

  • Elias

    shu

    most of the time i appriciate what you write but this was boring as hell!

  • http://www.bboycult.com Don ‘$yk’ McCaine

    Damn Bol, no credit for sparking the convo last week?

    We all know it’s not about teaching rap, it’s about teaching the Black music culture. They could have replaced rap with jazz and there wouldn’t so much of an issue. Anyone with a clear view can see what’s REALLY the issue.

    And there are more hippies and other cultural people who are saying more than the rap nation.

    But I appreciate you speaking upon it.

  • http://federalranga.blogspot.com Federal Ranga

    *stops reading Texas State of Mind by Tony Grand$*

    Oh, shit. My bad, umm…. yeah. What you said again? I totally missed that, but I’m sure I never heard it anywhere before.

    Commission!!!

  • latino heat

    did Bol get deleted again yesterday, or did he take St. Patrick’s Day off to get wasted?

  • Texas

    Bol, Texas is the state that is thriving right now in this economy. I would hope more states would try to emmulate what Texas has going on down there. God knows St. Louis wishes it was half of what Texas is.

    • Slymm

      I wouldn’t. Texas is a red state full of dumbass rednecks who give a damn about anybody not white. Economic conditions aside, the minds of Texas are collectively responsible for the economic conditions of this country being that the Bushies are proud Texans.

      Either way, we all know this is a race issue. Not to mention, that Texas has mandated that the Emancipation Proclaimation be read along side with a response from Jefferson Davis. Also, Democratic members of Texas’ Congress walked out in protest of this stupid ass shit.

      I’m from Bama and I wouldn’t wanna be Texas…..

  • fredMS

    texas can go fuck itself

  • Deadly MIME

    yea glad I’m in FL cause when I was in high school all we talked about was hip-hop. And as far as the question goes should hip-hop be taught in schools? HELL THE FUCK NO!!!!! I dont want our next president name Wack Flocka Lame or Young Cheezy. You tryin to put this country in the shithole!?

  • Anonymous

    ok this bitch is from alabama?? wtf you tlkin shit fa bro bama is like the most racist state who gives a fuk what the white ppl from tx did hah no one black from here is fukkin up fuk bush

  • anonymous

    i dont get why yall are speakin states on this shit isnt this about teachin hip hop?? but i dont think you can even teach it theres so many diff styles now kid cudi to plies but really hip hop is changin wether pple like it or not its not all about drugs or money or hoes all the new niggas are bringin somethin diff nothin like it used to be jus about one thing but dont teach hip hop just teach black musical culture its jus a race thing if white ppl made hip hop and niggas made rock wed be teachin hip hop in school

  • nicholasdelorejo

    @ shyme,
    That statement can be said about country music fans as well. The Dixie Chicks were selling huge numbers until one comment about Bush fucked up their career. Country music is far more ego driven than Rap but the media never tries to show that. I’ll admit I wouldn’t want my kid learn about today’s hip-hop music (it’s past music I would) but I don’t see how the fuck learning country instead is any better.

    But I’m not too upset with Conservatives or Texas because they didn’t give a shit about Black music before so why should they care about hip-hop. I’m more upset at the Stanely Crouchs and Oprah Winfreys who did nothing but looked at hip-hop on the surface and criticized it. Not once did they try to get beyond the surface and understand the entire scope of hip-hop. They just it lumped all in one box as being about “bitches, drugs, and violence” created by the same media that once considered their beloved Jazz, Blues, Funk, and early rock to promote that. How many shitty shows were produced on BET (“Frankie and Nef”, ect) that consumed time that could’ve been used for an oldies countdown. Oprah can create shows for Rachel Ray and Dr. Phil but she can’t even spend money to even buy a label that would cater to the music she would deem appropriate. Instead she just bitched and ignored the “problem” she saw in black culture like so many of the “new” black.

    Another group of folks that are at fault in not teaching black music are the folks who possessed the hustler mentality who did nothing but prevented any variation in hip hop which may have contained key fragments of early black music. I’m not talking about rappers that once huslted in their past or those that can relate, but the muthafuckas ignore substance in the music and are more impressed at how a rapper gets while projecting the thug stereotype.

    So if white people in Texas would rather have country over hip-hop, then fine. At this point hip-hop and black music shouldn’t even seek the approval as being a legitamite form of music or culture from other races. It should only seek that approval within itself and to those who appreciate it. I’m not in any way sayning black music is better than other forms of music or that country is bad (I wouldn’t know). But hip-hop and black music has earned its place in music history on plenty of occasions.

  • http://definitelyeatinb.tumblr.com B

    At least they’re not letting Jim Jones teach a god-awful music class about how to consistently make sub-par albums and lose relevance, like a school in New York is planning… no, seriously. He’s actually supposed to teach for 8 weeks at an NY school…

    He looks like he smells of cigarettes and old discontinued bottles of Sizzurp.

  • ff1one@yahoo.com

    hip hop is already taught in alot of schools. It has to be taught in a responsible way. We studied run dmc in college. it was in an english anthology. It has been apart of many of my poetry classes. More old school than new school.

  • Heavy D’s Love Child

    My music class talked a little about rock music that was current at the time (Hootie & The Blowfish stick out) so they’d pick some wack safe shit to talk about in hip hop. Like MC Hammer and DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. So fuck it, leave it out.

    But if they did I hope the classes out be like that skit on Masta Ace’s Slaughtahouse.

  • Sneaky One

    I think hip hop could and soon will be taught in schools across the world. The fact being for higher education schooling of course like universities. For example, hip hop music can be a course under American Culture. Where we Americans embrace our creativism in the arts of music. I believe in the near future music will be a major part in american culture if not already.