A Fun, Interactive & Educational Hip-Hop Writing Workshop

In the beginning, Hip-Hop gave a voice to the vulnerable, recognition to the rejected, power to the poor, and family to the forgotten. A treasure born in tumultuous times, created a culture and community that today, is still perpetually expanding. Hip-Hop has become a universal language; an inclusive club that connects people from all demographics, nationalities, classes, and personalities. The heART of Hip-Hop beats for the people. Its platform has the power to promote positive change.

A voice can convert victims into victors, and apathy into advocacy. Every student has one, finding and amplifying it is the art of MCing. -Ran

Our mission is to educate, empower, and encourage participants by unpacking the FUNdamentals of Hip-Hop and creative writing. Leading schools such as Harvard and Duke University recognize the educational value in Hip-Hop and its potential to transform our thinking. Our workshop also provides the opportunity and space for the learning and lending of what Hip-Hop has to offer.

Hip Hoppin' HeART employs the use of interactive, kinesthetic, and auditory learning through figurative language, poetry, improvisation, freestyle, creative thinking and writing. We aim to use bars to liberate, and to have fun in the process, equipping the youth not only with mic skills, but LIFE skills as well.

 

Hip Hoppin' HeART videos

WHY SCHOOL MCs?

School eMCees gives students an opportunity to be heard- really heard. Instruments can be expensive, a voice box is invaluable. Through creative writing, rap, poetry, performance, improvisation, audio and visual recording, students learn the value of their internal instrument and how to use it effectively in all areas of life. From captivating a crowd with a freestyle rap on a NYC street corner to capturing the imagination of scholars at a lecture hall with a speech honed by Hip Hop- School eMCees learn how to leverage language through lyrics and literacy. Our flagship program The Hip Hoppin’ HeART Program started as an afterschool program at The Bronx Charter School For Children in the South Bronx and continues to expand serving students, schools and communities throughout NYC.

I grew up in the Bronx and I’ve been rhyming ever since the early 90s when listening to my older brother rap became more interesting than playing Nintendo.
-Ran

Randy Mason is the founder of the Hip Hoppin’ HeART program. A  father of six, a Hip Hop artist, educator, and writer from the Bronx NYC, Mr. Mason provides a fun, authentic and engaging experience for children of all ages. The Hip Hoppin’ HeART program was founded in the Fall of  2015 by Randy Mason and his wife Marina who is a reading specialist and elementary school teacher. The program has since been provided at several NYC public schools, charter schools, private schools, homeschool and even a homeless shelter! 

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