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Doctors at Cambridge University said hip-hop can help depressed and mentally ill people. 'Hip-hop therapy' uses hip-hop songs to reach out to people with emotional problems. Doctors wrote a report about this in a medical magazine. They said hip-hop music speaks of getting over hardships and big difficulties. Hip-hop talks about being poor, unpopular, and about crime and drugs. These are all problems that can lead to depression and mental illnesses.



The report says hip-hop artists describe their world to be free. There's a message of hope in the lyrics. They describe how they want to live – the cars they want and the people they want to date. They chose five songs. One is by Grandmaster Flash. Another is called 'Juicy' by The Notorious BIG. He tells people they can be successful even if others say they cannot. BIG says teachers told him he would be nothing, but then he became a superstar.

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Sources
  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/11221425/Hip-hop-could-help-with-depression-and-mental-illness-says-Cambridge-University.html
  • http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-11-hip-psych-aims-tackle-mental.html


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

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Doctors at

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magazine

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depressed and mentally

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out to people

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'Hip-hop

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difficulties

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songs to reach

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to depression

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emotional

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Cambridge University

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medical

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problems

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big

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ill people

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problems that can lead

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therapy'



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

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hip-hop

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they cannot

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a message

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would be nothing

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They describe how

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want

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the cars they

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artists

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He tells people they can

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a superstar

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even if others say

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want to be live

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teachers told him he

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of hope

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he became

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be successful

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

Doctors at Cambridge University (1) ___________________ depressed and (2) ___________________. 'Hip-hop therapy' uses hip-hop songs to (3) ___________________ with emotional problems. Doctors wrote a report about this in a medical magazine. They said hip-hop (4) ___________________ getting over hardships and big difficulties. Hip-hop talks about being poor, unpopular, and (5) ___________________. These are all problems that can lead to depression (6) ___________________.

The report says hip-hop artists (7) ___________________ to be free. There's a message (8) ___________________. They describe how they want to live – the cars they want and the people (9) ___________________. They chose five songs. One is by Grandmaster Flash. (10) ___________________ 'Juicy' by The Notorious BIG. He tells people they (11) ___________________ even if others say they cannot. BIG says teachers told him he would be nothing, (12) ___________________ a superstar.





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DoctorsatCambridgeUniversitysaidhip-hopcanhelpdepress
edandmentallyillpeople.'Hip-hoptherapy'useship-hopsongst
oreachouttopeoplewithemotionalproblems.Doctorswroteareportab
outthisinamedicalmagazine.Theysaidhip-hopmusicspeakso
fgettingoverhardshipsandbigdifficulties.Hip-hoptalksaboutbeingp
oor,unpopular,andaboutcrimeanddrugs.Theseareallproblemsthatc
anleadtodepressionandmentalillnesses.Thereportsayship-hoparti
stsdescribetheirworldtobefree.There'samessageofhopeinthelyrics.
Theydescribehowtheywanttolive–thecarstheywantandthepeop
letheywanttodate.Theychosefivesongs.OneisbyGrandmasterFlash.
Anotheriscalled'Juicy'byTheNotoriousBIG.Hetellspeopletheycanbes
uccessfulevenifotherssaytheycannot.BIGsaysteacherstoldhimhewo
uldbenothing,butthenhebecameasuperstar.

 

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