Hip Hop Workshop – Youth Week 2021
We celebrated WA Youth Week in style – together with local rapper Scott Griffiths (aka Optamus) and the City of Belmont, we put on a free hip-hop songwriting workshop for local youth.
With the veteran lyricist on hand, the group tackled topics like mental health and how it feels to be a teen in 2021.
The workshops were held in the City of Belmont’s purpose built, professional recording studio in Belmont Hub, providing the young people with an opportunity to use state-of-the-art equipment as part of this unique experience.
Guided by Mr Griffiths, participants explored what being a teenager in 2021 feels like. Recognising that teenagers are sometimes perceived negatively in our society, the workshop examined the impact that negative stereotypes have on the mental health and wellbeing of young people, and the difference it makes when adults listen to, and value, what teenagers have to say.
In addition to being a member of Downsyde, Scott is a producer, youth worker and lecturer with a focus on utilising hip hop, and the technology it embodies to engage students and contextualise culture and language in a unique way.
“Young people have amazing opinions about the world – they have a lot to say, and don’t always get the opportunity to say it – and not every City has a recording studio,” Mr Griffiths said.
“When you have amazing resources and you are able to offer them to the community, you are providing an environment that encourages people to do things at a high level.
The final song, dubbed, “Head in the Clouds”, can be played and downloaded by clicking this link.