Need rap song that is "clean" enough for 6th graders...

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  1. Jess90102

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    Hello!

    I am teaching a unit on poetry with 6th graders, and I want to compare rap to poems. I want to find a few rap songs that are appropriate to 6th graders...any ideas?? Thanks!
     
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  3. cmw

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    "Handlebars" by the Flobots (except the very end...it's a little gruesome). My 5th loved this one.

    Other songs that aren't rap that may work...
    "Love Lockdown" Kayne West
    "Single Ladies" Beyonce
    "Just Dance" Lady Gaga (I interpreted the lyrics my way ;))
    "Circus" Brittany Spears

    I usually have the kids tell me what songs they like & think have appropriate lyrics...then I search the lyrics. :D
     
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    I think some of Soulja Boy's work would be appropriate. And while they may not recognize Will Smith's work, I'm sure there are some very suitable options there.
     
  5. each1teach1

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    Will Smith is clean; Lil' bow wow's work when he was a kid was clean. You can also go to Wal-mart since they only sale the radio edits. ITunes usually lets you know if a song is clean or not when it's rock or rap.
     
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    I just saw Soulja Boy on The View. His lyrics are "clean" meaning no cussing, but read for content.

    I used the Spice Girls "Wannabe" for repetition...kids loved it.
     
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    If you mean to play in class, I buy my popular music off of iTunes and buy the "clean" versions. They make both the "explicit" and "clean" versions available. My elementary students listened to and loved Vanilla Ice's "Ice, Ice, Baby" with me this year! I heard from 2 parents that their children wanted a copy, that made me laugh...
    In my classroom we listen to music often, and I enjoy TobyMac, a contemporary Christian artist who can hold his own with any modern rap artist. The lyrics are clean and the music is great, it honestly is not "cheesy".
     
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    Will Smith's stuff is great!
     
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    "Where is the Love?" by the Black Eyed Peas is not only clean, but has a great message. It's one of my all time favorite songs!
     
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    I like this one too... but was surprised to find a couple words that made it inappropriate. Of course that was the original version. Not sure if there's an edited version.
     
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    "Let's Get It Started" by the Black Eyed Peas is a good one. It's rappy and fun!

    Also, what about "Hey Ya" by Outkast? They played it on the "family-friendly" station here back when it was big.
     
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    If you're going to use DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince (Will Smith), I highly recommend Parents Just Don't Understand, but skip the last verse. It involves taking off in a car without permission and picking up a 12-year-old runaway. The part about picking out horrible school clothes is much better!
     
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    Be careful with Soulja Boy's music. I don't even like my 12 year old to listen to him. Can't stand the kid, especially his newest singles, "Kiss Me Through The Phone" talking about kissing and wanting to "get with" someone. (inappropriate for younger kids)

    I would definately recommend Fresh Prince or some old MC Hammer "Can't Touch This".
     
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    "Jump" by Kriss Kross!
     
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    Ooh, and "Principal's Office" by Young MC. That's a great one - mid-schoolers should love it!
     

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