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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

These Seventh Grade Rappers Are Smarter and Cooler Than You

Posted By on Wed, Oct 16, 2013 at 2:13 PM

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These seventh graders, from the KIPP Bridge Charter School in West Oakland, have never lived in a world without Jay Z and Kanye West ubiquity. They were born roughly around the time Yeezy was making the beat for "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)". But being just a fraction of your age doesn't mean they're not way more talented than you. With the help of rap-game-Bill-Nye Tom McFadden, they recorded this surprisingly intricate retelling of the discovery of DNA, to the tune of G.O.O.D. Music's "Clique" and Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl."

Besides the fact that one of those kids has the Big Sean stumble-flow down pat, probably the best thing about this video is the girl who plays Rosalind Franklin, the famously underrated female scientist ("I'm not a female scientist / I'm a scientist / man") who pretty much discovered DNA before those two British guys. Anyway, you don't want to know the history because you're an adult and you're done learning things, but the point is she's back from her early grave to set the record straight and rap Watson and Crick's faces off:

McFadden has done similar work with several different after school enrichment programs in the Bay Area, and is now an Eighth Grade bio teacher at the Nueva School in the South Bay. Assuming No Child Left Behind doesn't find out about him, expect more great science mnemology in the future. Word is they're planning a live performance at the 2013 Bay Area Science Festival at AT&T Park on Nov. 2. You can follow @tomcfad for updates.

Also, a tip of the hat to Jezebel for unearthing this yesterday.

-- @willkbutler


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