In the Spring 2017 issue of YALS, (digital edition available now
to members & subscribers via the Members Only section of the YALSA website) Rica G shares her experience of teaching Hip Hop as a way of life and a means to empower youth. Her article includes references and resources that shouldn’t be missed. The full list of those resources follows:

Clark, Trent. “The 15 Best Snap Music Songs Of All-Time.” Hip-Hop Wired. Hip-Hop Wired, 29 Nov.Web. 13 Feb. 2017.

Kelly, Lauren Leigh. “Hip-Hop Literature: The Politics, Poetics, and Power of Hip-Hop in the English Classroom.” The English Journal 102.5 (2013): 51-56. National Council of Teachers of English. Web.

Powell, Catherine T. “Rap Music: An Education with a Beat from the Street.” Journal of Negro Education 60.3 (1991): 245–59.

Rhodes, Jean, Ph.D. “Fostering Close and Effective Relationships in Youth Mentoring Programs.”

Research in Action 4 (2007): n. pag. MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership, 2007. Web. 13 Feb. 2017.

Strauss, Neil. “How a Gangsta Rapper Turns Entrepreneur; At 28, Master P Has Created One Of the Biggest Independent Labels.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 12 May 1998. Web. 13 Feb. 2017.


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