March 2013

  • A Lesson Plan on the Structure of Rap Songs

    This lesson looks at the structure of rap songs and gets the students writing their first rhymes. You can download this Smartboard lesson for free and have some fun in your music class. Rap is pretty much based around groups of 4. Here you see a basic drum pattern with the kick, snare, kick, snare. […]

  • Women in Hip-Hop 3 Mixset

    This weekend, we celebrated International Women’s Day by dedicating our entire night’s worth of programming on DOPEfm to the Women in Hip-Hop. It was our 3rd Annual Women in Hip-Hop Spectacular and it was a lot of fun delivering great content to you all night long. This is the mixset that kicked off the show […]

  • 3rd Annual Women in Hip-Hop Spectacular

    DOPEfm’s 3rd Annual Women in Hip-Hop Spectacular runs tonight on 93.3 CFMU on your radio dial with live streaming from the radio station’s website. You can also listen to us on Cogeco Cable Channel 288, on Shaw Cable 93.9 fm, through your phone by dialing 704-702-7627 and inputting station ID 10042, and with the Tune In […]

  • Celebrating International Women’s Day – Women in Hip-Hop 3

    Beautiful poster done by one of my students DOPEfm celebrates International Women’s Day every year by dedicating the entire overnight program to the Women in Hip-Hop. This year marks the third annual special presentation. For this year’s show I have produced two hours of Know Your History detailing the important moments in female-fronted hip-hop from […]

  • How Did I Get Here? (The Power of a Good Story)

    Here are the latest books that I have read. I am continuing to catalog every title here on Silent Cacophony. This is part of my 2013 reading log. How Did I Get Here: The Ascent of an Unlikely CEO by Tony Hawk Tony Hawk is probably the most recognized name when it comes to extreme […]

  • Ice T’s Rap School (Lesson Plan)

    Ice T went to a prestigious prep school in New York and taught a group of kids who literally knew nothing about rap music and hip-hop culture, how to write and perform their own rap song. The best thing about the whole experience is that it was filmed for a television series on VH1 back in […]

  • Revert Skatepark (London, Ontario)

    This is quite possibly the strangest skatepark you will ever see. It’s set inside a church. You can see the stage that is used as The Altar for Sunday Service. The floor we are skating on is where the congregation sits. You can see all of the chairs stacked up along the wall. It’s called […]

  • Chasing Content – March 2012

    It’s the first of the month. Time for a little feature we call Chasing Content . . . A feature that lets us shine a light through the many blog posts that get planted here. So, let’s go back in time and look at the best posts of last March. You can read all of […]