Is hip hop helping our kids in school?

I know, you are wondering what subject hip hop is helping the kids with.  Your first thought might be math.  With all those hundreds being thrown around in the videos surely you are talking about math, right LL?  No, math isn't the subject that I am referring to, but that is a good guess.

I'm referring to spelling.  There has always been spelling is rap/hip hop but lately there seems to be a plethora of songs that have spelling in it.  Here are a few of some popular songs right now that include the lost art of spelling.

  1. Independent by Webbie featuring Lil' Boosie & Lil' Phat:  "I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-T Do you know what that mean mane?"
  2. Damaged by Danity Kane: " Can you fix my H-E-A-R-T. (Tell me can you fix my heart?)‘Cause it’s D-A-M-A-G-E-D.(Don’t you know it’s damaged?) Can you fix my H-E-A-R-T.

Sure these are examples of a select couple of songs that have spelling in them, and there are many others, but is there an artist who spells in nearly every song they have?  Yes there is.  His name is Snoop Dogg.  That's why we would like to give a "Lifetime Spelling Achievement Award" to Mr. Dogg.  He constantly reminds us how to spell his name S-N-O-O-P  D-O-G-G, sometime referred to as S-N-double O-P  D-O-Double G.

Thank you Mr. Dogg for doing your part in helping to shape American minds.  May we never forget how to spell your name.