Randy Mason

Studio Arts and Hip Hop Director
Randy Mason
Randy Mason
Hip Hoppin' HeART Director

Studio Arts and Hip Hop Director

Randy Mason is a NYC emcee and art educator from the Bronx who uses his passion for hip hop to help today’s youth find their voice and build community. As a father, husband, recording artist, author, educator and pastor, Ran draws from a deep well of unique and diverse experiences to tell stories through songs, engaging audiences of all kinds in a way that is real, relevant, meaningful and memorable. 

Randy recognizes that hip hop gives students “mic skills and life skills.” They’re learning figurative language, improvisation, creative writing and thinking, and poetry, all while having fun. Students use the four elements of hip hop to discover their voice (emceeing), movement (break dancing), a community (DJing), and their name (graffiti).

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Bring Back the HeART Beat

Patrons receive exclusive music and merch (via Patreon). Donors receive a tax deduction (via Thrive). Either way, you empower a dynamic emcee educator to bring hope and opportunity through arts, music, and mentoring.

“Reach High,” with Spongebob

“Reach High,” music, mural, and music video by PS/MS 188 Thrive Collective hip hop students (2020) Hip Hop teaching artist Randy Mason Video by Eric Mason / Mason Jar Productions Mural design by Marissa Molina with Romero Britto Sponsored by Nickelodeon, NYC Council Member Carlina Rivera, NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, and NYC…

Queens HeART Beat 2019

Video produced by Tony Horn / BRIC Arts Media for NYC Council  The 2nd Annual HeART Beat Festival returned to Roy Wilkins Park in Queens on May 29, 2019. Middle school students painted murals, designed video games, break danced, freestyle rapped, competed at drama games and so much more. Thrive Collective collaborated with Museum of…

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Volunteer for HeART Beat Queens 2019

Six hundred students from six Queens middle schools will converge at Roy Wilkins Park for the 2019 Queens HeART Beat Festival on May 30 from 10am – 1pm. Join us to provide an interactive, arts-based field day experience celebrating the completion of the Art a Catalyst for Change anti-gun violence initiative. Sponsored by the NYC Council, in…

Turn Up the Value – Official Video

Thrive Collective feat. Harlem Hub, in association with Friendly Films, presents: “Turn Up The Value” written and performed by Randy Mason and Harlem Hub students Jamaya, Randy Jr., Anthony, CJ, Diamond, Gerald, KC, Dominick, Benjamin, Brison, Naomi Engineered by Randy Mason and Produkt Mixed & Mastered by Braille of Humble Beast Choreography by FLEXX Video…

NYC Council Feels the HeART Beat

Five hundred middle school students painted murals, designed video games, break danced, freestyle rapped, competed at tug-o-war and so much more at the HeART Beat Festival on May 30, 2018. Thrive Collective collaborated with Museum of the Moving Image, Black Spectrum Theatre, and Everybody Dance Now to produce the festival as the Queens culminating event…

It’s a Wrap

On July 19th, twenty Harlem Hub students and five teaching artists began an ambitious journey at our inaugural Summer Arts Academy. They agreed: Our music students would write and record an original song. Our media students would produce the music video for the song. Our dance students would develop and perform choreography for the video. And our murals…

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Turn up the Value – Song Lyrics

Enjoy the lyrics for the “Turn Up the Value” song written by our Harlem Hub students during the 2018 Summer Arts Academy. For daily updates from our Summer Arts Academy, go here. Concept & Elements “Turn up the Value’s” concept explores achieving social, economic, criminal and health justice by recognizing ourselves and others as valuable…

"Bring Art Back" Harlem hub x Thrive Collective

Thrive x Harlem Hub: Summer Arts Academy

The Living Redemption Youth Opportunity Hub and Thrive Collective present the first annual Bring Art Back Summer Arts Academy at the Harlem Hub, July 18th – August 3rd, from 11 am to 4pm, Monday – Friday. Register on-site at the Harlem Hub, 302 West 124th Street, 3rd Floor, July 16-20. Students will receive instruction in…

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