Reflection and Ticket Out the Door: The Bobb Mohommod Hip-Hop Show
Due to many reasons, I have been unable to present this to the world until now, but this is evidence that God’s timing is everything, even with smaller things.
Dag near a month ago I was on the Bobb Mohommod Hip-Hop Show, and there we chapped it up on Hip-Hop Culture and its social and academic use in a classroom, but in addition, we discussed the politics of education that affect us on a daily. I and my fellow teachers implement a basic assessment tool called a “ticket out the door” for us to see the basic things that our students learned from the lesson. I applied this type of tool to my own experience on the Bobb Mohommod Hip Hop Show, and the Ticket Out The Door activity I chose to complete was the “C.L.E. (Confirmed, Learned, and Earned)”
How did this experience confirm what you believed or thought before the experience?
It confirmed that democratic conversations build longer-lasting understanding and solidarity. Mush, Cello, and Mr. C didn’t expect or want me to have a lecture-fest in they studio. We evenly dialogued and I have to tell you that due to this even sharing of experiences and knowledge we were all able to be evenly enriched intellectually, which allowed us to build strength communally. This went on on-air and off-air. This reality embodied the definition and nature of the cypher (explained in the interview), a hip-hop concept, and a concept I felt vindicated using in the classroom and in restorative practices after I bounced the studio. Even though I ain’t never meet those brothers, I can call them brothers now.
What did you learn about yourself or the world when you went through the experience?
I learned that I have to keep the sword sharpened more regularly. One of the reasons I start my name with “Bushido” is because I attempt to adopt a samurai’s skills to be ready to use my skills at any time. This is one of the original commands of an emcee. Being ready to rock at a moments notice. This time, I wasn’t as ready as I should have been. I missed a message from Mush asking me to be prepared to spit my song “Black Board, White Chalk” live, but I totally missed it. Instead, I told him that I’ll still spit a free verse (not a freestyle…we’ll talk about that later) over whatever beat he chose. If I had been practicing the way I should be, it would have been flawless. Rakim said “How can I move the crowd?…First of all, ain’t no mistakes allowed.”In an attempt to be as growth mindset about challenges, I was like “bet!,” but it wasn’t without error. There were gems spoken, but not without its clouds.
What did you earn for yourself as a result of your decision to go through this experience?
I feel as if I earned some hip-hop OG acceptance and support. These radio-host brethren have had their own music since I thought the Green Power Ranger was the baddest man on the planet. They have a regional and historical context as hip-hop practitioners that can be hard to access. Not only was it good to get their views on and off air, but it was even better to be seen as a peer. As a man, you should never wait for another man to validate you, but receiving acceptance and appreciation from them can be empowering, especially OGs. Peace to the Ugly Babies!
Here’s the video again (shot by Adrian Elim of Brotherhood Productions). Peace and Progress!