Social studies teacher remixes the hit song 'Bad And Boujee' into a history lesson

Phoebe Zaslav

This teacher defies stereotypes of social studies being a dry subject when he transforms his lessons into rap songs. 

Eighth-grade government and history teacher David Yancey has been transforming hit songs like Migos' "Bad and Boujee" and Drake’s “Hotline Bling” into educational lessons. 

"Students have always hated social studies since the dawn of time," Yancey told NBC News. "I realized that students almost choose to be disconnected from the material. In an attempt to bridge the gap, I chose to ask my mentoring group 'What songs are in right now?'"

As shown on his YouTubechannel, Yancey renamed "Bad and Boujee" to “Mad and Losing” to tell the story of the Civil War. He reworks the chorus into “The troops are mad and losing,” referencing the Confederate soldiers.

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The 33-year-old Atlanta teacher has been working at Edwards Middle School for nine years and noticed the disconnect his students face when it comes to learning history. His songs are part of his strategy to help them better retain the information.

Yancey told Complex magazine, “I try to build rapport, teach the material, and bridge the gap. Too often teachers just tell students to learn things because we say so, but instead we need to meet them where they are." 

To tend to all music tastes, Yancey also sprinkled a version of Adele’s "Hello," entitled “Hello from the Cherokee."

"I ask the students the song that the kids are into and I adjust the content to match,” said Yancey to Complex magazine.

While Yancey isn't completely sure if the raps have improved his class’ grades, his former students have told him they still remember his remixed songs years later and are able to recall them when needed.

"I have found doing raps as a culminating activity has had an immediate impact on engagement. Students who will already be successful enjoy the expressions as much as those students who use it to connect the dots," Yancey told NBC News.

"When I hear that students I taught three years ago are still singing them or that they are helping them in US History at the high school, then I am fully satisfied as a teacher."

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