Hip Hop


In celebration of Hip Hop’s 50th anniversary Thrive Collective partners with the NYC Queens Public Library to facilitate a series of Hip Hop and creative writing workshops at three branches throughout the borough. This week we kicked off the series at the Jamaica Central branch where participants and staff read and discussed poems and lyrics…

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Thrive Collective Partners With NY Public Library

Hip Hop Cajon (percussion) workshop for children at NYPL Bronx Eastchester branch. Our city’s libraries are engines of opportunity! Cultural institutions contributing to the vitality of our city. We’re absolutely thrilled to partner with the NYPL to serve our neighbors through the arts. Recently, Randy Mason, our NY Director (and R.H.Y.M.E Director) facilitated a Hip…

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Local Newspaper Reflects on the Importance of R.H.Y.M.E

Happy New Year! Here at Thrive, we are starting 2023 on a good note.  Last week, Bronx newspaper The Hunts Point Express published an article highlighting R.H.Y.M.E’s recent work with students from the Bronx Charter School of the Arts in Hunts Point.  The article, posted online on December 3o, 2022, went far beyond giving a…

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Books Beats & Bars The Pura Belpré Song

R.H.Y.M.E x Bronx Arts Elementary x The Point CDC For this edition of Books Beats & Bars, Bronx Arts Elementary scholars learned about the life of Pura Belpré, a Puerto Rican pioneer who helped to change the landscape of literacy in NYC in the 1920s. Scholars wrote bars inspired by the book “Planting Stories” The…

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The Turtle Ship

R.H.Y.M.E x The Point CDC x Bronx Arts Elementary This edition of Books Beats & Bars features Bronx Arts Elementary students rapping their version of the Turtle Ship story inspired by the book “The Turtle Ship” written by Helena Ku Rhee and illustrated by Colleen Kong Savage. A Geobukseon, also known as turtle ship, was a…

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The Cypher

R.H.Y.M.E x LRYOH Harlem NYC youth come together to write and record “The Cypher” In Hip-Hop, there is what’s known as a cypher. It’s where artists physically come together to participate in a dynamic exchange of ideas and experiences. A cypher forms a human circle where everyone is visible and in it together–equally. It’s an…

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Rutgers RHYME: A New Work In Newark

R.H.Y.M.E x Rutgers University R.H.Y.M.E 2022 summer semester features an incredible group of Newark Middle and High School students who came together at Rutgers University to connect and create. Participants met four days a week for four weeks to learn about Hip hop art and culture, basic songwriting, music recording, performance, collaboration, communication, creativity and…

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Still Achieve (2022): Music Video Premier

@r.h.y.m.e_nyc @nycthrive strikes again! Nothing quite like summertime in the South Bronx! This summer we @nycthrive collaborated with our partners at @bronxconnect to facilitate our @r.h.y.m.e_nyc Hip Hop music and mentoring program with a great group of Bronx youth. Over the course of a few weeks participants wrote, recorded and ultimately produced a song and music video “Still Achieve” Watch and listen to…

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R.H.Y.M.E x PS/MS 105 QUEENS After a home run spring semester at PS/MS 105 where students from three 8th grade classes worked together to produce 3 songs and 3 music videos; R.H.Y.M.E returns to PS/MS105 for an intensive 4 week summer program. This time 3 groups of 6th grade Summer rising students record an original…

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