Hip-hop just helped this Rockdale County, Georgia teacher remix his history lesson. An eighth-grade teacher named David Yancey, who goes by Mr. Yancey on YouTube, has been using hit songs like Adele’s “Hello” and Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles” to spice up his curriculum.
Yancey’s latest lesson on the Civil War received a boost from Migos‘ “Bad and Boujee,” reworked as “Mad and Losing.”
“You know, it’s your boy, Honest Abe, making this song to shut down the lames,” Yancey begins before referencing Abraham Lincoln, the Gettysburg Address, and the Emancipation Proclamation. The clip also shows his students pitching in on ad-libs and dancing from their desks.
“It’s not just random things that are being thrown together,” he told The Atlanta-Journal Constitution. “I’m very intentional … on what content I’m delivering. I’ll do the lesson, and I pull it all together in a song.”
Get more familiar with Mr. Yancey’s schoolwork below.