Hip hop beef is ubiquitous, but how about an anti-bullying track instead? Students at a North Carolina school are rapping a positive message.
Hip hop is famous for beef between rappers—and the latest, between female stars Nicki Minaj and Lil Kim, is fueling the release of diss track after diss track. Kim and Nicki could probably learn a thing or two from students at West Elementary School in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. The entire student body, 350 pre-K to 4th graders, is using the lyrical art form to take a collective stand against bullying.
The "Bully Rap" is the brainchild of music teacher Monica Martin and guidance counselor Cindy Kiser. Martin told local station WBTV that "all the kids, they listen to rap," so rapping about not bullying makes it "much cooler."
In the video above, it's encouraging to see the entire student body as well as the teachers, lined up in the school hallways, rapping verses like
Listen up, hear what I'm puttin' down. Doesn't matter if you're black, white, red or brown. If you wanta be smart then you gotta know the rules. We don't do bullyin' at our school.\n
Third grader Silas Price hopes the message of the song will spread to other schools. "If you hear it, and you're like, you're like a bully...you might think, well those kids have the courage to go out and dance in their school and sing the bully rap" and, presumably, you'd stop bullying.
Let's hope that Kim and Nicki are listening.