Baba Got BARS Vol II

by Baba Bomani

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released March 1, 2018

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Baba Bomani Washington, D.C.

Baba Bomani, aka the Watermelon man has been using hip-hop, poetry and multi-media disciplines to teach fun and informative workshops with all ages from kindergarteners to graduate students for well over 15 years Bomani . Here you can find his hip-hop music for kids as well as teaching materials showing students the writing process through hip-hop! ... more

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Track Name: Mic Check
PRE-CHORUS
My mic sounds nice
Check eyes
My mic sounds nice
Check ears
My mic sounds nice
Check Brain
Are you ready?

CHORUS
When I’m on the microphone all I have is one wish
If you would listen to me that would be a gift
This is something every speaker would like
You hear me, right? Respect the mic, so I check the mic

PRE-CHORUS

VERSE 1
To be an active listener you’ve got to use your eyes
To some that might come as a surprise
follow along with your eyes wherever the speaker goes
see photos, videos or graphic info they may show
Their face and body language have so much to add
Are they excited, angry, happy or sad?
visual aides give you a clue
So microphone check one two one two

PRE-CHORUS
CHORUS

VERSE 2
To be an active listener you’ve got to use your ears
people been telling you that for years
You might need to come near me to hear me
Whatever it takes to hear the speaker more clearly
You have some doubts? To figure it out you need to hear what I’m talking about
open your ears and close your mouth, if everyone’s talking I’d have to shout
Listen quietly, it’s the thing to do
So microphone check one two one two

PRE-CHORUS
CHORUS

VERSE 3
To be an active listener you’ve got to use your brain
So you you can understand what’s strange until it’s simple and plain
So you got to concentrate
Think about what the speaker said, in other words contemplate
You don’t need a distraction
Keep your body still, no unnecessary actions
I’ll do the same when I give the mic to you
So microphone check one two one two

PRE-CHORUS
CHORUS
Track Name: Writing Process
CHORUS
When I want to write something and my thoughts are all a mess
I put it all together with the writing process
I've got thoughts I must express or issues I must address
The way to do it best is the writing process
Pre-writing, Drafting, Revising, Editing, Publishing
Pre-writing, Drafting, Revising, Editing, Publishing
Pre-writing, Drafting, Revising, Editing, Publishing
Pre-writing, Drafting, Revising, Editing, Publishing

VERSE 1
When I’m pre-writing I’m brainstorming what’s going to happen
So before I start rapping I begin with mind mapping
Start by writing down on paper everything feel I like telling
No worries about grammar, punctuation, handwriting or spelling
Now my idea is in pieces this is the genesis
I’m turning my research into a working thesis
When I’ve gather ideas then I make an outline
This works for a letters, essays, books, speeches, or rhymes
The audience and the purpose sets me on the right path
Who am I writing for and what argument do I have
With those questions asked, I make my first draft
There’s no exact answer, this ain’t science or math
To perfect the tone and style I must revise it so I read it
I see what else is needed and what needs to be deleted
Like a garden when you water it and weed it, then I repeat it,
No reason to feel defeated, you’ll know when it is completed

CHORUS
When I want to write something and my thoughts are all a mess
I put it all together with the writing process
I got thoughts I must express or issues I must address
The way to do it best is the writing process
Pre-writing, Drafting, Revising, Editing, Publishing
Pre-writing, Drafting, Revising, Editing, Publishing
Pre-writing, Drafting, Revising, Editing, Publishing
Pre-writing, Drafting, Revising, Editing, Publishing

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VERSE 2
I’ve done pre-writing, drafting, revising and I re-read it
Now i put that polish on it cause I’m gonna edit
I proofread and correct errors in grammar and mechanics
This part can be terror but there is no need to panic
Let me tell you what I’m gonna do, I take my time and read it through
I find another writer to give it to, because four eyes are better than two
I make edits to improve on the clarity and style
Remember to be patient because this might take a while
I can publish it in so many ways, print it out on a page
Read it in class or on a stage, depends on the audience I want to engage
An email blast, television broadcast, an article with photographs,
Or my podcast, maybe a performance with a cast
most important thing is that I get it out
And that I’m clear on what i’m talking about
So when I turn on the microphone and put it on a track
You can bounce your head to the writing process when you play it back

Pre-writing: This is the planning phase of the writing process, when students brainstorm, research, gather and outline ideas, often using diagrams for mapping out their thoughts. Audience and purpose should be considered at this point, and for the older students, a working thesis statement needs to be started.


Drafting: Students create their initial composition by writing down all their ideas in an organized way to convey a particular idea or present an argument. Audience and purpose need to be finalized.

Revising: Students review, modify, and reorganize their work by rearranging, adding, or deleting content, and by making the tone, style, and content appropriate for the intended audience. The goal of this phase of the writing process is to improve the draft.

Editing: At this point in the writing process, writers proofread and correct errors in grammar and mechanics, and edit to improve style and clarity. Having another writer’s feedback in this stage is helpful.

Publishing: In this last step of the writing process, the final writing is shared with the group. Sharing can be accomplished in a variety of ways, and with the help of computers, it can even be printed or published online.
Track Name: Count to Four
To count one bar just count to four
Each count at the speed that you did before
Do that again when you want some more
Keep adding bars when you count to four

To keep the beat or pat your feet to the drum
We start with the finger right next to your thumb
Now I’m going to show you how it’s done
When the beat comes around we land on the one

To keep the count going this is what you do
Put up your next finger like saying peace to you
But that’s something you already knew
When the beat comes around hit the one two

To show you easy this can be
The ring finger is the next that you see
It’s the next number we all can agree
When the beat comes around count one two three

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