Social Studies

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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With rap and rhyme, this ain't grandma's history lesson.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Positive and uplifting messages about politics and civic responsibility.

Violence

Mildly graphic descriptions of historic wars and civil rights demonstrations.

Sex
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this imaginative CD, part of the Rhythm Rhyme Results educational rap music series, tells the stories of famous moments in American history -- along with all the relevant dates and famous quotations -- in an unforgettable rap format that actually sounds authentic.

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Parent of an infant, 5, and 7 year old Written byPjcwoot June 8, 2009
Kid, 10 years old October 7, 2010

GREAT MUSIC

I love this it helped me learn the 44 presidents with 1 or 2 mistakes. M principal was taking 5 kids to Taco Bell in my class if they could learn the song. I wa... Continue reading

What's the story?

Song titles like "Redcoats vs. Rebels," "Declaration of Independence," and "44 Presidents" cover American history with Rhythm Rhyme Result's signature wit and style. Danceable backup tracks and clever rhymes will help middle-school students remember the basic facts, places, and dates associated with important moments in history. As on the other offerings in the series, there are four versions of each song. The "Original Track" presents the complete song at its normal tempo, the "Downtempo Track" presents the complete song at a reduced tempo, the "Recall Track™" feature eliminates key words and phrases from the lyrics, and the "Instrumental Track" provides a karaoke-style version without lead vocals.

Is it any good?

Rhythm Rhyme Results is able to pack in tons of history facts without being overwhelming. And they've managed to pull off a seamingly impossible feat: the music actually sounds cool. Already a hit on YouTube, the song "44 Presidents" cleverly reminds students that "No presidents are from Wisconsin/not Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, or Johnson…Obama's in the White House now, So hail to the chief and stand up proud!" As always, the performers put their all into their performances, and the songs are energetic and well-produced.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how some songs on the album tell the story of cultural shifts in the United States. "Civil Rights Movement," for example, features the lyrics: "Police dogs and fire hoses/tear gas and broken noses/boycotts, marches, demonstrations/the fight for civil rights throughout the nation." Did anyone in your family participate in the demonstrations of the 1960s? Do they have any stories to tell?

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