by Alex Stone
Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne have been awarded for their capacity as teachers by a South Florida corporation called The Better Education Place which acknowledged the Cash Money duo in the company’s first annual Teacher of the Year Awards. The award from BEP is based on several categories that the company maintains are important qualities for teachers to excel at, although the company recognized that the rappers could stand some improvement in terms of the content portion of the competition.
According to the company’s CEO, Melvin El, who acknowledged that the award might seem a little ironic, the two stars nonetheless employ a style that undeniably contributes to the education of their fans. “Apparently students are drawn in by the ‘swagger.’ If you are a teacher today and you don’t have any swagger you are going to struggle to get your students attention. It turns out a teacher can learn a lot from Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj,” said El.
In addition to content Minaj and Wayne were judged on six other categories including ability to capture and maintain attention, the ability to move their audience or create interaction, the ability to inspire, effective use of language, use of memory devices, and the ability to transform behavior. El noted that children have a much easier time remembering the songs of the rappers than the do lessons taught in a classroom. “[Kids] can sing almost every song on the radio, particularly rap. I’ve seen them repeat complex lyrics from rap songs that I couldn’t even do,” El said.
The company hopes to improve literacy through new learning experiences that incorporate music, film, games and theater and maintains that hip hop has a unique capacity to inspire children to learn and make education fun.