Hip-hop is the world’s most popular genre and art form, simultaneously influencing politics, social issues, culture, financial literacy and society as a whole. Love the beats or hate them, there’s no music more money-conscious than hip-hop.

Hip-hop has long been used as a vehicle for education, for example, Jay-Z’ 4:44 album where he touches on the importance of financial health and building wealth for his family and the [African-American] community.

The mainstream may not regard rap as particularly scholarly, but that could set to change with the advent of hip-hop educational programs and courses. We’ve collected a list of 5 hip-hop programs making an impact today.

1. The Hip Hop Architecture Camp

The Hip Hop Architecture Camp is a one-week intensive experience, designed to introduce underrepresented youth to architecture, urban planning, creative placemaking and economic development through the lens of hip-hop culture. The Camp is based on the “4C’s” which are Creativity, Collaboration, Communication and Critical Thinking. During the camp, students are paired with architects, urban planners, designers, community activists and hip hop artists to create unique visions for their communities which include the creation of physical models, digital models and the creation of a Hip Hop Architecture track and music video summarizing their designs.

2. Pockets Change 

Pockets Change is a new creative way to empower students to change their financial paths, by inspiring financial capability, teaching financial literacy through the universal language of Hip Hop founded by Pamela Capalad.

3. #HipHopEd
Originally, #HipHopEd began as an online twitter chat where educators discussed the intersections of Hip-Hop and education but have grown into a non-profit organization that focuses on bridging the gap between theory and practice through the development and implementation of Hip-Hop based interventions in STEM, therapy, literacy and school leadership.
4. Institue for Hip Hop Entrepreneurship 
The Institute for Hip Hop Entrepreneurship is a nine-month program based in Philadelphia that is using the principles of hip-hop to teach a group of young adults between 18-32 how to build a business. The organization is bringing in figures from the music industry to instruct and inspire the students as well. The school, which is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, started in November 2016.
5. Flocabulary
Flocabulary founded by Alex Rappaport is a learning program for all grades that uses educational hip-hop music to engage students and increase achievement across the curriculum. Teachers at 20,000 schools use Flocabulary’s standards-based videos, instructional activities and student creativity tools to supplement instruction and develop core literacy skills. With expanding resources for writing and project-based learning, Flocabulary is a springboard into student-centered instruction.
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