From music with suggestive lyrics and depicting risky behaviors, pop culture can significantly influence the teenage demographic. In our workshop, we use popular music, focusing on hip-hop music as a starting point to initiate a dialogue between young people and their parents about the messages conveyed in today’s music and how pop culture impacts us.

During the workshop, participants will analyze modern-day hip-hop lyrics, contrasting them with those of early hip-hop music from 50 years ago with positive messages to better understand today’s messages. At the end of the workshop, students and family members will develop their own personalized hip-hop lyrics that convey a message to the world and share with each other.