MCing & Creative Writing
Often as an icebreaker we sit with the young people and create spontaneous rhymes based around their names. This is fun and shows that being funny is more original and effective than aggressive and moody “gangster rap”.
Then, having got the young people to develop on their name-based lyrics, we might get them to brainstorm a topic that interests them and concentrate on this (spider diagrams are useful for this).
Often the young people have already written some lyrics or can rap/freestyle and just need help polishing their techniques, such as timing, delivery, tone and confidence.
There are no specific rules to this and different members of our team will have their own take on what works best. The main thing is that the young people feel confident with their artistic skills and can perform and record their work.
The process of performing and writing your own lyrics boosts self esteem and assists in the development of young peoples creativity while enjoying and having fun.