By Emily Thampoe
When Floyd Beachum taught high school history, he used hip-hop as a teaching method.
His students listened to old-school hip-hop and used an analytical lens to find messages embedded in the music.
“When you legitimize hip-hop and integrate it into the academic setting, what it says is that it’s not rebel music, it’s not necessarily outlawed music, it’s not just ‘stuff’ I listen to at home with my friends,” Beachum said. “(Hip-hop) now serves a purpose and is present in the classroom for broader critique and analysis, to connect it to bigger, scholarly ideas.”