Learning Blog: Knowledge of Derby Hip Hop

Young people completed knowledge worksheets of Derby Hip Hop history. Although the young people love hip hop, and grime, they  did not recognise Derby artists or have any knowledge of Derby hip hop history. Staff talked to the young people about Derby artists including Baby J, Rukus, and Jonezy. Young people then started to form questions for these artists ahead of the interviews. A key question was “How did you get into the music industry?”


Dead Prez were discussed. Many of their lyrics are very political and we discussed politics in music especially socialism. Will explained that he has worked with Dead Prez on some of his songs and so there is a link with this international artist to Derby. It was agreed that we would bring a Dead Prez song to the next session and this led to the idea that everyone would come to the next session with their top 3 hip hop songs.

Worksheets with Derby hip hop related artists revealed that young people’s historical knowledge and awareness of key figures is very low.