Oct
19

REAL Remix Feat w/ ZOO & DJ Zac Hendricks

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Lyrics:

Hallways sleep, where the real walks with stone feet,
and blank faces, simply lost in admiration.
Sun Ra from Saturn or skills from Portland,
Strange people, the ones that kept his mind from starving long.

We do it right by doing it wrong.
Mostly portrayed insane, but we stay strong.

“Now explain, What makes you so modest?”
I’m an artist if I knew I’d be a psychologist.

Actual facts, those teachers don’t love you.
Put your back against the wall, watch them all sit and judge you.

In a regular school filled with regular rules
From daydreamers to leaders, the art is bound to fail.

Let’s put it in a different place, and show them what’s real.
So they can contemplate and build their skill.

Teach them how to make their own color.
Picture, literature, and rhythm.

Where the… sound and feel is oh so ultra,
and brick walls explode, brimming with culture.

Its R.E.A.L., the school of hard thinkers believe.
Because everybody’s built to achieve.

Verse 2

I want to be a universal thinker, like those who stepped… Higher,
Aristotle or Cornell West.

Through the fire, Paul Dunbar or Malcolm X.
It’s real and on God… I’m trying to be next.

My homey Dante’ said, “Don’t focus on the future…”
He went to inferno where its seven times crueler.

The lost circle. The first circle, confused with laughter…
Fortune tellers walkin’ with their heads turned backwards.

I stood… In the halls trying to find the former good,
Wanting the “real” to come back, I thought It never would.

The hurt, I couldn’t mass, to see so many mask…
It’s hard to tell what’s real… or what’s known.

“So sometimes I take the bus home, Just to touch strong”,
The art… In class I spent months GONE.

Asked my man, “how does a school of the ‘real’ sound?”
Where pure imagination is found…

 

Oct
19

REAL Prep Anthem – Jerk version

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Oct
15

REAL Prep Anthem

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Lyrics:
Teacher Teacher can’t you tell,
There are many ways I excel,
Teach me, use what I do well,
See me, hear me, ring my bell,
What sparks my infectious smile?
It starts with you just accepting how,
I transmit my eclectic style,
Futuristic electric child,
I am Hip Hop I am jazz,
Cultivate me I grow so fast,
I am Africa, I’m Brazil,
I am excellence, I am skill,
I want to learn and have fun still,
So give me something I can feel,
I have a voice that will give you chills,
And what I have to say is real!

Chorus: We are the music, the culture, we are the dance, join us, together our efforts can heal our land, embrace the rhythm, our children deserve the chance, let’s make a difference as one.

Some of us come from a broken past,
We found treasure when they left us trash,
We made music from buckets and bricks,
We bang drums with our hands and sticks,
Some of us came from a life that’s good,
But never had a school where we were understood,
As artists or dancers musical beings,
School shouldn’t mean we lose our dreams,
Feed my soul while you feed my mind,
Give me a challenge, allow me to climb,
Paint that wall, Let me write my poem,
Let me play that bass, give me that microphone,
Diversity that’s the name of the game,
We learn the same thing, but we don’t learn it the same,
The world is ours let’s stake our claim,
The time is now, let’s make the change.

Chorus: We are the music, the culture, we are the dance, join us, together our efforts can heal our land, embrace the rhythm, our children deserve the chance, let’s make a difference as one.

Born and raised on these Portland blocks,
I was always unorthodoxed,
Never quite fit into the system,
Tried to communicate no one listened,
Struggle at math, struggled at science,
Started skipping class, labeled as defiant,

I watched stars on my T.V.
I got talent, why not me,
There is a place where education and art meet,
Finger on the pulse, I followed the heart beat,
I found a place where the B-Boys Go,
DJ’s, MC’s, are allowed to grow,
Get High School Diplomas, Using Our gifts,
Finally acknowledged that I exist,
Never had a future, never made plans,
Found my purpose, now I have a chance!

Chorus: We are the music, the culture, we are the dance, join us, together our efforts can heal our land, embrace the rhythm, our children deserve the chance, let’s make a difference as one.

 

Aug
02

Portland Parent Union – News & events

Portland Parent Union – News & events.

 

Jul
21

Portlanders Aim to Open Arts High School in 2011 | Blogtown, PDX

NEWS Portlanders Aim to Open Arts High School in 2011

POSTED BY CAMILLE “THE INTERN” PANDIAN ON WED, JUL 21, 2010 AT 4:25 PM

R.E.A.L. PREP CHARTER ACADEMY

The only Portland public high school dedicated to the arts is planning to open to 250 students next February—if it can get off the ground. The R.E.A.L. (Recording. Entertainment. Arts. Literacy.) Prep Charter Academy says it will teach its students the state academic requirements while at the same time prepping students to be entertainment industry stars.

“The big entertainment and industry companies are already very interested,” says Erica Jay, Co-founder and Executive Director. “This is a school that is designed to train kids in the creative industries that Portland is trying to brand itself with.”

The idea for the school was inspired by Minnesota’s High School for Recording Arts. They will offer two years of arts focus, in particular world music, dance, theater and hip hop, followed by two years of business.

That is—if they actually ever open their doors. Right now the charter school is relying solely on a $55,000 federal incentive grant that Oregon hands out to new charter schools. But the grant can’t be spent on finding a physical site for the school, so Jay is working right now to try and find donated space large enough to house the school.

The high school plans to have twelve core, salaried teachers, but their curriculum will aim to include other types of teaching, such as internships. “Our goal is to build a community school,” Jay says. “In which we incorporate businesses, artists, technicians and salaried teachers… We’re going to have the best kick-ass curriculum our nation will see.”

Right now Portland has a public elementary school (Buckman) and a junior high (Da Vinci) that are focused on the arts, but not much for a high school. There is a high school that is somewhat art-focused called the Renaissance Arts Academy, but Portland Public Schools spokesman Matt Shelby says this is more of a “small, neighborhood high school, not a magnet school that kids all over the city would come to.”

Arts funding is a big issue in Portland right now. There is a Town Hall meeting about it Tuesday the 27th if you’re interested and want to attend.

via Portlanders Aim to Open Arts High School in 2011 | Blogtown, PDX.

 

Jul
20

Tell friends about R.E.A.L. Prep Charter Academy Show | Backspace | Portland OR | Tuesday, July 27th | Concert Co-Op

Tell friends about R.E.A.L. Prep Charter Academy Show | Backspace | Portland OR | Tuesday, July 27th | Concert Co-Op.

 

Jul
16

Portland’s hip-hop high is offically christened | Oregon Music News

Portland’s hip-hop high is offically christened

July 16, 2010

Formerly known as High School for Recording Arts Portland (HSRAP), the new public charter school has announced the selection The Recording. Entertainment. Arts. Literacy. Prep Charter Academy (or R.E.A.L. Prep Charter Academy) as their official name.

The school will open in Portland in the fall of 2011 and will address eduction through the arts, specifically hip-hop music and culture.  Using project-based learning experiences, R.E.A.L. aims “to teach ‘core’ subject matter through music, dance, spoken word and visual arts. This exploration empowers the current generation of young artists by teaching through a lens that demands creative and critical thinking combined with science, technology and entrepreneurial skills. The curriculum centers around a student run, professionally guided entertainment company where students learn ‘The Business of Art and The Art of Business.’”

Their official release also states:

R.E.A.L. Prep was founded and developed by a community of teachers, parents, activists, entrepreneurs and artists who have been influenced by the teachings and values stemming from the underground and social justice movement at the root of hip hop culture. R.E.A.L. Prep Charter founders seized the opportunity available to all citizens to take action and enact change in the ongoing quest for equity reform in education. The unanimous approval by the PPS school board for R.E.A.L. Prep Charter Academy in December 2009 reflects the school’s strong research based best practices incorporating credit for proficiency, brain based learning, arts education, project based learning, career technical education, college and life readiness, and real cultural competency.

Throughout the summer R.E.A.L. Prep Charter Academy will host a series of youth hip-hop showcases every Tuesday night at Backspace (115 NW Fifth Avenue), 7:30 pm to 11pm. The free showcases provide young people an opportunity to experience hip-hop in a safe, positive environment, as well as offering families a chance to learn more about R.E.A.L. Prep.

via Portland’s hip-hop high is offically christened | Oregon Music News.

 

Apr
04

4/3 Celebraton event for High School for Recording Arts Portland | Regional Arts & Culture Council

4/3 Celebraton event for High School for Recording Arts Portland

UPDATED: 4/1/10

High School for Recording Arts Portland (HSRAP) is a free public charter school opening in the fall of 2011. A community celebration is being held open to families, community supports, and interested volunteers from 2:00pm – 10:00pm. at the Salmon Street Studios, 109 SE Salmon Street. There will be a full day of music and informational sessions.

Schedule is as follows:

2:00 – 2:30: Mingling and Invocation

2:30 – 3:15: The founding story of HSRAP

3:15 – 4:00 Music – Nefasaria/Reva/Toni Hill

4:00 – 5:00: The HSRAP Curriculum and Pedagogy: A conversation for future students, parents, teachers and all others interested in our innovative approach

5:00 – 5:45 Music – Barry Hampton and the Triple Grip

5:45 – 6:15: Our most frequently asked question: Where are you going to locate?

6:15 – 7:00: Music – Julian’s Ride

7:00 – 8:00: The role of the artist/entrepreneur in HSRAP’s on-going development

8:00 – 10:00 Music – Diesel P/Excellent Gentlemen/Dennis Dove Percussion

While music plays, founders and board members will be available for answering questions in small groups and individually. For more information or if you would like to volunteer at the event, please contact us at info@hsrap.org.

Event Date:

4/3/10

via 4/3 Celebraton event for High School for Recording Arts Portland | Regional Arts & Culture Council.

 

Apr
01

High School for Recording Arts Portland

High School for Recording Arts Portland

The HSRAP (High School for Recording Arts Portland) is officially a place of education, and now we are going to celebrate the success and support we have been given.  Please come join us for a casual open house Saturday April 3rd from 2-10pm. Musicians will play, stories will be told, and you can come meet others who have been sparked by this movement and are ready to spin more revolutions per minute than ever seen before.  This is a free and All Ages event, for more information contact info@hsrap.org.

via High School for Recording Arts Portland.

 

Mar
30

High School for Recording Arts Portland hosts open house | Oregon Music News

High School for Recording Arts Portland hosts open house

March 30, 2010

It’s official–The High School for Recording Arts Portland is the City of Portland’s newest public charter school opening in the fall of 2011.  To celebrate, the group will host an open house on Saturday, April 3rd from 2 to 10 PM at the Salmon Street Studios.

“Musicians will play, stories will be told, and you can come meet others who have been sparked by this movement and are ready to spin more revolutions per minute than ever seen before!!!!”  The full schedule is posted below HSRAP’s release.

During these past winter months the HSRAP development team has been tirelessly working on legal contracts and final report writings so that the State of Oregon could determine us an official educational institution. It has been a huge learning process for us all and now, IT IS TIME TO CELEBRATE!!

In less than a year we have gone from a “what if we could…” idea to manifesting our community’s destiny as the innovators of an educational reform movement that will truly meet our youth.

The support that we have received to bring about High School for Recording Arts Portland has been truly awe-inspiring. We have grown from a team of 5 to a team of 500 almost entirely through word of mouth. So many of you have asked how to help and get involved and up until now we have needed to just stay focused on the work at hand, but we appreciate you beyond measure and now we are ready for you and we need you!

The HSRAP Development Team Invites You To AN OPEN HOUSE & COMMUNITY CELEBRATION

SATURDAY, APRIL 3RD 2010

2:00pm – 10:00pm at the Salmon Street Studios, 109 SE Salmon Street.

Everyone is Welcome! Families, Community Supporters, Interested Volunteers

A Day Full of Music & Informational Sessions:

2:00 – 2:30: Mingling and Invocation

2:30 – 3:15: The founding story of HSRAP

3:15 – 4:00 Music – Nefasaria/Reva/Toni Hill

4:00 – 5:00: The HSRAP Curriculum and Pedagogy: A conversation for future students, parents, teachers and all others interested in our innovative approach

5:00 – 5:45 Music – Barry Hampton and the Triple Grip

5:45 – 6:15: Our most frequently asked question: Where are you going to locate?

6:15 – 7:00: Music – Julian’s Ride

7:00 – 8:00: The role of the artist/entrepreneur in HSRAP’s on-going development

8:00 – 10:00 Music – Diesel P/Excellent Gentlemen/Dennis Dove Percussion

While music plays, founders and board members will be available for answering questions in small groups and individually.

For more information or if you would like to volunteer at the event, please contact us at info@hsrap.org.

via High School for Recording Arts Portland hosts open house | Oregon Music News.

 

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