Regional Songs- a list for Dre
My literacy consultant (one of a billion TFA staffers) does this awesome thing with rap songs to get his kids to learn active reading strategies (like questioning, making connections, and predicting while reading) Rap is great because 1)it gets their attention and 2)it's heavy in culture-specific knowledge.
So while I probably can't do it this summer, I loved the idea and want to use it with my ESL kids next year. I might as well get a jump start because school starts mid-August and I have to be all planned by before then.
So, I want to collect as many songs as possible that are about or heavily reference a particular area. I thought it would be fun to compare how different artists represent themselves, and then my class could figure out what represents us where we come from.
Help me and post as many as you can think of here, like this. It's OK if they're not rap songs, too.
California Love - Tupac and Dr. Dre - California (L.A.)
Notorious B.I.G. - Going Back to Cali - California (L.A.)
Welcome to Atlanta - Jermaine Dupri, Ludacris - Atlanta
(remix w/P. Diddy, Murphy Lee, Snoop Dogg - NY, St. Louis, Long Beach)
Miami - Will Smith - Miami
St. Louie, S.T.L. - Nelly - St. Louis
Southern Hospitality - Ludacris - the South
This Is The Way We Ball - Lil' Flip - Houston
Brooklyn's Finest - Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G. - Brooklyn
NYMP - Jay-Z - Brooklyn
Welcome to New York - Cam'Ron f/ Jay-Z, Juelz Santana - New York post 9/11