The media spends a lot of time sharing news on bad love affairs, fights, and bad label deals in the rap world, but good initiatives are also being developed within in the rap community.
One of the growing trends as of late has been rappers making special guest appearances at high schools. Within the past two month we have seen Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa and more showcase their talents for inner city youth.
Last week Kendrick Lamar made a special guest appearance at a New Jersey public school. Brian Mooney, a New Jersey high school teacher used Kendrick Lamar's album 'To Pimp a Butterfly' to teach his students during a unit about Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye. The rapper sat in on a poetry reading and was involved in a panel that discussed hip-hop’s place in education.
This makes sense on so many levels. For many of these kids, musicians and rappers are their heroes. Many kids mimic what they see, so if their favorite rapper shows an interest in a good education, they will as well. With all the violence going on within urban communities as of late, it’s great to see people spreading positive vibes. You may not see the effect instantly, but overtime acts like this will help create a positive hip-hop community.