Teacher turns popular rap song into educational opportunity

Teacher turns popular rap song into educational opportunity
Published: Oct. 25, 2017 at 5:21 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 25, 2017 at 5:37 PM CDT
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Candous Brown (Source: WMC Action News 5)
Candous Brown (Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A Shelby County Schools teacher took a hit rap song and turned it into an educational moment for her students.

Candous Brown teaches English at Raleigh-Egypt High School. She heard Cardi B's hit "Bodak Yellow," and saw it as an opportunity to teach.

"It's the hottest song in the country, and then she's flipping it with education," radio personality John Best said.

Inspired by an experience she had during a senior trip, she remixed the song with lyrics reminding the students about the importance of their final year in high school.

"It was about them being responsible for their actions and them taking this senior year and actually living it to the fullest," Brown said. ""That's how that came about: 'You're suppose to run the school; y'all are the top; y'all are my leaders.'"

Brown's creation has now taken on a life of its own. It's being called the 2018 Senior Anthem. Plus, it's even being played on the radio.

Brown's students went from calling her "Miss Brown" to "Candi B." She said she was surprised by how the students reacted to her rap, and she's now thinking it could be a way to reach them in the future as well.

"This is a talent that I don't display, but you know what, the kids liked it so much I'm probably going to have to do it again," Brown said.

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