Documentary on DC, Education and Hip-Hop Filming in Columbia Heights

The District Rhyme – Teaser 1 from Dave Adams on Vimeo.

Every now and then I need to hear something great like this so I don’t lose my mind. I hope this makes you as happy as it made me. I’ll post updates on the film as it becomes available. From an email:

“I met the people over at Words Beats and Life ( a couple years ago, and did some video work for them, but had always wanted to feature their work in a feature doc about using Hip-Hop to supplement the Education of DC youth.  There are a number of artists in the area who are also school teachers such as Bomani and Asheru (who are both featured in the teaser).  Much of the work is being done in the Columbia Heights area.  One of the WBL campuses is housed at St. Stephens church on Newton, Asheru does a lot stuff over at Bloom on Kenyon, etc.

Long story short, we just want people to be aware of what we are doing so they can follow progress on the website (”

4 Comment

  • Of all the music that kids listen to these days, why hip hop, the music of Generation Y in the 1990s? Seems kind of corny to me, like when the hippy teachers tried to get us to study the Beatles in the 1970s when we listened to disco and new wave. I mean they admit that the hip hoppers they talked to are these kids’ teachers. You KNOW that they’re rebelling against the boring old music their teachers make, get real.

    In southwest over the summer I was passed by these kids with wild afros wearing pegged jeans, skateboarding by in AC/DC t-shirts.

    But go ahead grandma, keep pushing your teenage culture on the next generation, certainly won’t be a backlash against you because hip hop is cool right? right? No one is busting on Kanye West for being old and corny are they?

  • Those murals look amazing. Exciting!

  • Hmm… Though I am in my late 20s and out of the high school loop, I would have to disagree with you Neener. Hiphop, though not as main stream as the late 90s/ early 2000s (dominating the top 10 singles), is still pretty big in urban areas/schools. While dc is an interesting mix of skater/hiphop/emo/and “hipster” I would think that most these high schoolers are bumping mix tapes and lil Wayne at home. Hiphop now isn’t what it was a decade ago, but it is still relevant. I hear it walking down the street and through the headphones of kids on their way to cardozo in the morning.

  • Any two of those is an oxymoron.

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