My name is rap… and I’m a fun game… that helps your kids… see that they’re the same!
New participants still getting to know one another? Everyone into hip-hop and rap? What better way to break the ice than to have them write and perform an original rap about themselves?! “Hi! My Name is…” is a classic name game icebreaker that helps participants express who they are and get to know one another all while learning rhythm/flow, lyric writing and the self-confidence to perform in front of each other.
Participants have to come up with a rap that describes who they are, what they like, etc.
Music program staff decide on the number of bars participants have to write (ie. 4, 8 or 12) depending on how much time you have
Participants individually spend 3-5 minutes writing or thinking of their lyrics
At the end of the designated lyric writing time, each participant performs their rap in front of the group
My name is Anne and I’m the Director Of New City Kids, yeah all 3 centers I love to sing, I love to play You can see me do both, any day
Optional elements to incorporate
Each participant chooses their own beat/instrumental online
Each participant creates one from scratch (using loops or beat making software)
Staff choose one backing track/beat for the whole group – see if everyone can perform their rap one right after another without missing a beat
Have participants also create choreography
Other creative elements could include:
Rap alias nicknames
Performing through a PA system on stage
Recording each rap in the studio
Create a music video
Have participants split up into pairs
Participants tell each other about their likes and interests
Each pair must write a rap about their partner based on the discussion
Participants perform for one another
Her name is Anne and she’s the Director Of New City Kids, yeah all 3 centers She loves to sing, She loves to play You can see her do both, any day