COLORLINES recently highlighted a very interesting program out of Minneapolis.

Beats and Rhymes gives young people the training and equipment to make Hip Hop in exchange for keeping up with their schoolwork.


Founder of the program called Beats And Rhymessay their mission is to “provide challenging, positive youth and career development opportunities for low income, culturally-diverse youth.”

The young students have rapped and rhymed about fun subjects like Cheetos and Khaki pants but they also get political in other songs with messages about bullying, violence and drugs.

Check out a great music video made possible by the program, called “Khaki Pants,” below:



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