Back in 2002, the immeasurably talented MC of Blackalicious known as Gift of Gab wrote a lyrically athletic track called “Chemical Calisthenics.” For those who could follow his rapid-fire style, it was an immensely great science lesson and one of the best raps about chemistry ever. But he’s got nothing on Jabari Johnson, a high school senior from Harlem who can rhyme about kinetic energy better than most people can talk about it.

“Here’s the lesson, I know it kinda hurts but if you truly want to work then there must be progressions cause, FD=W the rule, and the unit measurement for the product is called joules, cool,” Johnson raps on “Quest for Joulelry,” which outlines the physics equation of Force times Distance equals Work.

Johnson isn’t the only high schooler rapping about science. Thanks to a program called Science Genius, he and some 300 other New York-area high school students spent a semester using rap to help them learn science in an after-school program. The young MC, however, has been crowned the best; on June 21 he won the Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S. (Bringing Attention to Transforming Teaching, Learning and Engagement in Science) competition, which was organized by an assistant professor of science education at Teachers College at Columbia University named Chris Emdin, the Wu-Tang Clan member GZA, and website Rap Genius, which chronicles all of the meanings in rap lyrics (amongst other things).


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