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GZA: Science, Rap, and Genius

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GZA, a founding member of the hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan, has inspired teens to rap about science. GZA has been displaying his interest in science by visiting with scientists like Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-founding Science Genius with Christopher Emdin at Columbia University. Science Genius is an initiative that encourages schoolkids in New York City to write their own rap songs about science. In the video, GZA explains his motivation for the project and a few students perform the pieces they’ve written. Since GZA is a rap artist who uses more unique words than Shakespeare, I’m eagerly awaiting the release of his science-themed album entitled Dark Matter. Check out the video from GZA’s TEDxTeen talk below.

Princess Ojiaku About the Author: Princess Ojiaku is a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin - Madison in Neuroscience and Public Policy. She is also a student of life, exuberant nerd, and musician. She often tweets her daily links of interest and digital personal mutterings. Follow on Twitter @artfulaction.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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