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New York Slang with Jay-Z

Guest Introduction This post is a guest article written by Paul Martin. Paul is an English teacher who's from New York and is currently based in Buenos Aires. A music lover, he tries to incorporate music from all different genres into his lesson plans. He teaches with Listen & Learn, which offers English courses in New York, in addition to other foreign-language classes all over the world. You can check out his Facebook page or email him at for more … [Read More]



You best believe I’m the illest!

You best believe I'm the illest! My name is Steve. You best believe I'm the illest English teacher that you've ever seen! I'm going to break down (explain) my lyrics very quickly. We can use "You had better" in order to give very direct advice or warnings. For example, "You had … [Read More]

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Getting Into Trouble with Afroman

The hip-hop genre has many talented artists who discuss important social issues, such as poverty, racism, and violence... Afroman is not one of those artists! He is known as a "one-hit wonder" because he became famous for only one song that he wrote in 2000. "Because I Got … [Read More]

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Present Perfect Progressive with Chamillionaire

"Ridin'" is a song by American hip hop recording artist Chamillionaire, released as the lead single from his debut studio album The Sound of Revenge (2005). The song, produced by Play-N-Skillz, features a guest appearance from fellow … [Read More]


2Pac Fridays: To Live and Die in L.A.

"To Live and Die in L.A." is Tupac's homage to his hometown of Los Angeles, California. It is the second single from 2Pac's final album, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory. The album was completely finished in only a week during the month of … [Read More]


Infinitives of Purpose with Black Star

"Definition" is the first single from Black Star's 1998 album by the same name. It is produced by Hi-Tek, who samples "The P Is Free" by Boogie Down Productions for the track's beat as well as "Stop the Violence" for the hook. The song's lyrics in … [Read More]