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Abstract: Part of a special section on hip–hop, rap, and oppositional culture in education. Through a combination of textual research, discourse analysis, and grounded theory, a study examined the attitude expressed in the lyrics of 37 hip-hop songs toward the education of African-American youth. Results revealed that from a rap music perspective, the discourse on education was largely dysfunctional with regard to fulfilling the social, material, and cultural requirements of African-American youth. Rap lyrics expressed this dysfunction in two broad themes, arguing that education was either unsuccessful in teaching skills or subject matter or taught irrelevant skills and subject matter and that education generally conflicted with the identities of rappers. Other results of the study are discussed.