“Finally, a book that deftly (and def-ly) chronicles the history, development and practice of Hip-Hop-In-Education, and more importantly- Hip-Hop AS education. If education is not one of the first ten elements of Hip-Hop, then nobody in Hip-Hop is keepin’ it real except teachers.”
– Danny Hoch, Writer, Actor, Founder of the Hip-Hop Theater Festival
“Teachers have no other choice but to learn how to use Hip-Hop in the classroom. It’s the language of the children. They have to respect the culture of Hip-Hop.”
– Talib Kweli, Hip-Hop Artist and Activist
“You can learn just as much about language and literature from reading Tupac as you can from Shakespeare. The themes and conflicts present in Shakespeare are all present in hip-hop.”
– New York University Professor, Dr. David Kirkland, Author of the Forward, H2ED GBK: VOL I
In 2007, the Hip-Hop Association [H2A] published The Hip-Hop Education Guidebook [H2ED GBK]: Vol I, as a goal to aggregate and archive lesson plans and reference best practices that were being presented at the annual H2ED Summit. A sourcebook of inspiration and practical application, The H2ED GBK provides examples of how to use Hip-Hop culture as an educational tool in classrooms from K-12, and for after-school programs. The guidebook also includes theory papers and selected peer-to-peer journal articles from notable world scholars. The H2ED GBK: Vol I is a groundbreaking book that engages teachers and students alike. Educators from all over the United States and Canada contributed creative, rigorous, user-friendly lessons that cover a range of subject areas, and have been used successfully in both formal and informal academic settings.