Theory of Hip-Hop Evolution, Music and Culture

THE MC: Theory Of Hip Hop Evolution, Music and Culture is a 5 part program that provides intensive instruction on all elements of Hip Hop; DJ'ing, Emceeing, Graffiti Art, Breakdancing, and the history and cultural importance of the movement. Our curriculum goes on, week by week, to show how Hip Hop has historically been and is currently being used as a vehicle for social justice, racial tolerance, multiculturalism, diversity, and inclusion. The program usually culminates with a school-wide performance and/or a class exhibit for the students to showcase their work. It is this experiential learning which empowers youth with understanding and tools for greater self-realization, and with around 21,000 students already having experienced our work in hundreds of workshops, the efficacy of our model is clear. 


Aside from our 6-week model, which can be provided during school, after school, or as an enrichment course, we can also present our program as follows:



  • ​​​One-off 1-hour workshops

  • School-wide assemblies

  • A Full Day assembly that includes a keynote address and breakout workshops with some of the top Hip Hop   Educators in the Bay Area.


Our ultimate goal is to build long-term partnerships with schools in our community, to create opportunities for mentorship and even employment for the youth we serve.




Schools give children tools for the utilization of knowledge and further learning throughout their lives, like reading, writing, science, math, and physical education. Unfortunately, experiential learning is a tool that has been historically overlooked and underfunded. When we allow kids access to these tools, we bridge communication through fun and creative activities that underscore critical thinking regarding their own identities. Lastly, even though we're always in need of support, half of our programs have been given free because we never turn down students for lack of funds. 


About our Education Director


Marlon Richardson AKA UnLearn The World is a New York born and bred

EmCee, Producer, Actor, Writer, Activist, and Hip Hop Educator. Having

been raised and groomed in the Culture, Music, and Movement of Hip Hop,

UnLearn has toured internationally and has released several mixtapes and

albums over the course of 20 years in the music industry. UnLearn has always

understood and revered Knowledge as an essential 5th element of Hip Hop.

This understanding is the core motivation behind UnLearn being one of the

more active and prominent Hip Hop teaching artists in the Bay Area;

lecturing, presenting and leading classes on EmCeeing/Rapping, Beat

Making, DJ’ing and the history of Hip Hop in traditional school settings as

well as Juvenile detention centers.


In addition to being one of the more popular and dynamic EmCees and performers in the Bay Area, he is also Director and host of Return Of The Cypher, the only weekly Hip Hop event in San Francisco, as well as the Vice President of the All Tribes

San Francisco Chapter of Zulu Nation.


For more information on how you can bring THE MC to your school, contact our Education Director Marlon Richardson at


Donate to Support

This Program

$10 a month/per year = Guest artist in the classroom

$30 a month/per year = Workshop in the classroom

$50 a month/per year = School-wide assembly

$100 a month/per year  = Full-day workshop at a school

$250 a month/per year = 6-week workshop at a school

$500 a month/per year = Social justice event with local artists

and our new summer program
Agents of Change

(Agents of  Change student performance 2019)

(Agents of  Change student testemonials 2019)

Participating Schools and Events

Participating Universities and Colleges:

-Holy Names University

-University of San Francisco

-Laney College of Oakland


-Los Medanos Community College

-Civic Center Library, SF

-George Washington High School, SF

-Live Oak School, SF

-SF General Hospital Youth Program

-Ygnacio Valley High School

-Rudsdale High School, Oakland

-Lowell High School, SF

-Lighthouse Charter School, Oakland

-Washington High School, SF
-Visitacion Valley Middle School, SF

-John O'Connell High School, SF

-Mission High School, SF

-Sequoia High School, Redwood City

-Piedmont High School, Piedmont

-Park Day School, Oakland

K-12 Programs

-Rooftop Middle School

-KIPP Bayview/Hunters Point (Knowledge Is Power Program)

-ARISE High School, Oakland

-Boys Hope Girls Hope, San Francisco

-Youth Spirit Artworks, Berkeley 

-Alternatives In Action @McClymonds High School, Oakland

-El Cerrito High School 

-Oakland Tech

-Hillsdale High School, San Mateo

-Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland 

-Children's Day School, SF

-Urban Promise Academy

-MD Bridge Academy

-Bancroft Middle School, San Leandro

-Philip & Sala Burton Academic High School, SF

-Berkeley High School

-Claremont Middle School, Oakland

-Aptos Middle School, SF

-Berkeley Library

-Aspire East Palo Alto Charter School

-East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy 

-Alameda County Independent Living Skills Program, Oakland

-Longfellow Middle School, Berkeley

-Hillcrest Middle School, Sebastopol

-Balboa High School, SF

-Oakland High

-and many more . . .


Co-Sponsored Events

- Cultural Day at Rooftop Elementary, May 10th, 2013

- Anti-Crime Event at Tennyson High, August 6th, 2013

- Hip Hop workshop at the SF SOMA Youth Arts Summit, December 11th, 2013

-Dear Summer:  Community Hip Hop Festival with Beats, Rhymes, and Life (BRL)

-MLK Day Unity Summit Artistry Contest @ Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts

-Women's Empowerment Course at MoAD (Museum of African Diaspora) 2015

-SF general hospital: summer urban health and leadership academy 2015

-UBSUC (United Black Student Union Conference) 2015


Supporting Organizations


 515 55th Street, Suite A, Oakland CA. 94609

Office Number ( 10am-6pm M-F ): (510) 319-9929

©2013 HipHopForChange Inc.