Many educators already know that hip-hop can be a powerful tool for engaging students. But can hip-hop save our schools—and our society? Hip-Hop Genius 2.0 introduces an iteration of hip-hop education that goes far beyond studying rap music as classroom content. Through stories about the professional rapper who founded the first hip-hop high school and the aspiring artists currently enrolled there, Sam Seidel lays out a vision for how hip-hop’s genius—the resourceful creativity and swagger that took it from a local phenomenon to a global force—can lead to a fundamental remix of the way we think of teaching, school design, and leadership. This 10-year anniversary edition welcomes two new contributing authors, Tony Simmons and Michael Lipset, who bring direct experience running the High School for Recording Arts. The new edition includes new forewords from some of the most prominent names in education and hip-hop, reflections on ten more years of running a hip-hop high school, updates to every chapter from the first edition, details of how the school navigated the unprecedented complexities brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and uprising in response to the murder of George Floyd, and an inspiring new concluding chapter that is a call to action for the field.
Sam Steinberg Seidel is adjunct professor and director of K12 Strategy + Research at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University. Tony Simmons is the executive director of the High School for Recording Arts and co-founder and co-director of the New School Creation Fellowship and Center for Love and Justice at the High Tech High Graduate School of Education. Michael Lipset is director of social impact at the High School for Recording Arts, a course lecturer at McGill University in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education, a Research Associate at the Center for Policy Design, and an avid podcast producer/host.
Part I: Opening Cipher
Foreword to 10 Year Anniversary Edition by Gloria Ladson-Billings
Foreword to 10 Year Anniversary Edition by D Smoke
David “TC” Ellis’s Reflections on the 10 Year Anniversary Edition
2nd Edition Introduction
Part II: Hip-Hop Genius 2011
Foreword by George Clinton
Preface by Herbert Kohl
1 Hip-Hop High
2 A Day’s Work
3 Hip-Hop Leadership
4 Society’s Sucker Punch
5 Trends in Hip-Hop Education
6 Flip-Hop Education
Note from/about the Author
Part III: Hip-Hop Genius 2021
7 Hip-Hop High 2nd edition updates
8 A Day’s Work 2nd edition updates
9 Hip-Hop Leadership 2nd edition updates
10 Society’s Sucker Punch 2nd edition updates
11 Trends in Hip-Hop Education 2nd edition updates
12 Flip-Hop Education 2nd edition updates
13 The Bumrush
This book is a gift. For those frustrated with current trends in education reform, Hip Hop Genius can offer some much-needed inspiration. For hip-hop educators, this book can suggest new and exciting avenues for innovation. And for arts educators, this book and the work it features suggest a different way to think about the space where art meets school reform.
Hip Hop Genius is a powerful and necessary work. Through his beautifully written account of the High School for Recording Arts, Samuel Seidel offers real-world texture and nuance to the field of hip-hop-based education. Unlike many books in the field, Hip Hop Genius doesn't force us to choose between theory and practice, or pragmatism and hope. This book is a sorely needed reminder of what is possible when we release our imaginations and mine the genius that inside of all of our children.
Get the book... [David 'TC' Ellis has] done his job with his school... Anything he's doing is worth being read about... He turned his life around and went on and did something and he's still doing it.