And for fair play: Brookwood’s clever response to Grayson

Grayson High’s video inspired this clever response from Brookwood. Enjoy “Grayson Step Your Game Up.” 

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Jennifer Falk

October 27th, 2011
7:19 pm

I love it! Very creative and well done students – at both schools! It is good seeing kids having good fun for a great cause.


October 27th, 2011
8:20 pm

Loved both! Watched Grayson’s on my son’s phone earlier today. He said it was the talk of the town in North Fulton. (Chattahoochee) Brookwood’s was great too. Kudos to both schools. The talent is amazing. Knowing that they probably just pulled all of this together in just a matter of days. They did an excellent job. Love seeing kids getting together (multiculturally, if that is even a word) and doing something fun for everyone. Maureen, I’m glad you posted these fun videos. Hopefully everyone will accept it as the good, clean fun that it is. Let’s not try to over-analyze this into something complex.


October 27th, 2011
9:17 pm

grayson do the math I THINK brookwood has beat your teams more times.


October 27th, 2011
9:28 pm

They were both awesome, Brookwood had better quality and more variety of words (and people) in their music video, while the Grayson one was very catchy and flowed really well. Love em’ both!

down and outs

October 27th, 2011
10:31 pm

Why are ipads and notebook computers needed in a math lab? To young administrators, technology is a toy, akin to a Wii or playstation.

Dr. Monica Henson

October 27th, 2011
11:11 pm

This is the kind of thing that I love to see students doing!

Truth in Moderation

October 28th, 2011
1:55 am

New release:
Government Rap!
featuring “I’m Not Moving!”

Uninc. Gwinnett

October 28th, 2011
7:25 am

Grayson’s video took weeks to produce while Brookwood took just a few days. Brookwood is a top school for academics, fine arts, and yes – sports! Good luck to both teams Friday night under the lights!


October 28th, 2011
7:57 am

Love it!!!!! Great Job to both schools

Former teacher

October 28th, 2011
8:12 am

The Wood

October 28th, 2011
8:16 am

The video by Brookwood says alot about one thing that we should all be for — COMMUNITY schools. Academics are extremely important in this sought after GCPS cluster, and the rest (sports, fine arts) just falls into place to excell as well. This is a highly parent and community involved high school and it starts with great elementary schools and moves forward.

Dr NO / Mr Sunshine

October 28th, 2011
8:29 am

As Gregg Allman so eloquently stated, and I agree.

“Rap is short for Crap.”

Choice Theory

October 28th, 2011
8:36 am

Wonderful use of video production skills! I commend these boys and their teachers on a job well done. It makes me proud to be a Brookwood alum to see the tradition of excellence passed on to the younger generations. Go Broncos!


October 28th, 2011
8:43 am

Do they spend as much time on their studies as on rap?


October 28th, 2011
8:50 am

@carlosgvv at 8:43am

That’s exactly what I was going to say. Football is the single most important thing for many students, teachers and parents here in the South. And we wonder why Georgia lags behind so many other states in academics.

Dr NO / Mr Sunshine

October 28th, 2011
8:51 am

Yeah this hero worship of convicts, inmates, drug addicts, gun toting thugs, gun runners is a wonderful idea. We should elevate them to the highest pinnacle of society. DOH!! Seems we already have.

Thanks so much to TI, Wacka Flacka Flamer, Soulja Boy, BiggieSmallz, Tupac Shaker, Lay-Z, Lil Wayne and many many others…what a fine group of upstanding young men who lead by example.

Misty Fyed

October 28th, 2011
9:15 am

OOOOOO not so fast. Gwinnett County Schools are ranked nationally even though Georgia as a whole is at the bottom.

Dr. No, you must have watched the wrong video. I didn’t see a single reference to any convicts, inmates, drugs addicts, gun toting thugs, TI, Wacka Flacka Flamer, Soulja Boy BiggieSMallz, Tupac Shaker, Lay-Z, or Lil Wayne in either video.


October 28th, 2011
9:22 am

“Do they spend as much time on their studies as on rap?”

You need to do your research on Brookwood. Academics is a top priority – the rest is gravy. Brookwood is a community school that has very involved parents and students. Some of the best teachers as well. It takes everyone involved to make Brookwood the excellent community school that it is!

Dr NO / Mr Sunshine

October 28th, 2011
9:24 am

Misty Fyed

October 28th, 2011
9:15 am

Out to an early lunch, I see.

V for Vendetta

October 28th, 2011
9:52 am


Where is that Math teacher who was giving me a hard time the other day for saying we needed to improve the technology in our schools . . . ?

I think these videos are evidence that cutting-edge tech can be used in a meaningful and productive way, perhaps in ALL classes.

Oh Intown Writer...

October 28th, 2011
10:04 am

Dr No – for someone who’s so touchy about negative influences to/on black students (or is that black students and their negative influences dragging down white kids who play as much rap as the black kids?), I’m surprised you didn’t pick up on what struck me – the stark social disparity between the black students and the white in the Brookwood clip. Grayson, albeit with fewer members of the student body in the video, struck me as being much more ‘integrated’ – as a positive thing. I’ve no exposure to either student body, but it was what really hit me watching the Brookwood piece.
Maybe it’s just being an intowner exposed to Grady HS where more fluidity between student groups is a way of being, as reflected in the student motto.
Personally – I’m waiting for Southside (oops M.Jackson) to step up – always have had the best band and pep/fan club of any team who shows at the Grady stadium… Maybe Southside v. Mays?
Grayson’s chant is going to play better as a rallying cry at the game – yell-a-bility is key

Proud of these kids!

October 28th, 2011
10:06 am

So I read some of these comments….. Rap is not always bad. As demonstrated by both schools it can be well written and well performed. It can be an art. I am incredibly proud of the students for the “tone” of these videos, the creativity, and the school spirit behind them. Good grief there is some awesome talent in our schools. Props to the writers, the producers, and the performers. With all of the negative, ugly things that we deal with on a daily basis…. these were awesome!!! I pray that the game will carry the same positive spirit… and that Brookwood brings it!!!!


October 28th, 2011
10:27 am

“OOOOOO not so fast. Gwinnett County Schools are ranked nationally even though Georgia as a whole is at the bottom. ”

@Misty Fyed
Your statement is true. I won’t disagree with you. But haven’t you read a recent report discussed here earlier regarding the subpar academic performance by suburban school districts in the U.S. when compared to the average of other developed nations? You can read the report on Your bar for academic excellence is very low if you think Gwinnett school district is good enough.

With globalization, things are very different today than it was 20 years ago. Sadly many parents still live in the past reality of 20 years ago. Without a solid math/science education, students today won’t be employable for good jobs in the future. Without academic accomplishment, today’s football players will only be good for lifting and assorting high-tech gadgets in a warehouse somewhere in the future. We shall see.


October 28th, 2011
10:45 am

@Dr. NO/Sunshine: Would you prefer that the coach send threatening e-mails or TWEETS?? Just sayin…


October 28th, 2011
11:34 am

In response to earlier posts from carlosgvv and AMD, I can’t speak for Grayson, but Brookwood High School has been on the Newsweek List of America’s Best Schools for at least the last 2 years. Also, if you will check the stats, Brookwood students are ranked academically among the best in the County, State, and Nation and have ranked nationally in SAT scores for several years running. Our Science Olympiad team has won top honors at the National level. And, as referenced in the video, our Softball team is playing the State Finals this week, as did our Volleyball team and our Cross Country Team. So, it’s not just about football.
I’m proud that our kids took the time to make this video response as opposed to more negative reactions. By the way, I understand that the Grayson students began work on their video early in September. Our kids have only had the last 2 weeks to put theirs together.

Dr NO / Mr Sunshine

October 28th, 2011
11:41 am

“@Dr. NO/Sunshine: Would you prefer that the coach send threatening e-mails or TWEETS?? Just sayin…”

LOL…I read about that also…LOL!


October 28th, 2011
12:09 pm

I agree that rap is not always bad… especially when it’s what my husband and I refer to as “Happy Rap” (aka non violent and non misogynistic, non celebration of prison life). We grew up with happy rap songs like “Joy and Pain” and Blondie’s “Rapture”, The Beastie Boys, Run DMC’s “Walk this Way” and MC Hammer… Can’t Touch This! LOL. I can appreciate the style of music, but can not and do not tolerate what it has become associated with (ie violence, thug life, prison culture, drugs, lack of personal responsibility etc). I guess it’s one thing to have that type of music/entertainment/tv shows as long as parents are there and teaching their kids that those things are and should not be acceptable in life and that they should strive for something better. But when the parents aren’t doing their job, too many kids are left to raise themselves and subsequently strongly identify with the “screw everyone” or should I say “kill everyone” attitude that is present in “Gangsta Rap”…. leaving the federal government, the taxpayers, and, of course, Teachers to try and raise these kids. But I digress…..

In any case, I loved this video and the rhymes!!

Dr. Proud Black Man

October 28th, 2011
4:50 pm

@Dr NO / Mr Sunshine

“As Gregg Allman so eloquently stated, and I agree.

“Rap is short for Crap.””

Your hero had six failed marriages and was a coke freak. But as long as he wasn’t black and into rap that’s okay with you huh? P.O.S. cuckolded racist…


October 28th, 2011
6:16 pm

I don’t have audio, but it appears the kids can dance & mime pretty good: Not sure which career path this leads to unless it’s show biz. But I agree; if they are maintaining good math and English grades, let ‘em have fun.


October 28th, 2011
6:18 pm

Love it! Kudos to both schools!


October 28th, 2011
9:38 pm

These are both fantastic! That kind of pride, creativity and effort are well worth the time it took to produce these videos. Many of these teenagers could be future directors, production managers, ad writers, song writers, even extras in movies, etc. Praise them for their effort and the joy that went into it and keep your negative attitudes away from these kids.


October 28th, 2011
9:51 pm

The students from both schools did a great job!

And for Dr NO / Mr Sunshine

“As Gregg Allman so eloquently stated, and I agree. Rap is short for Crap.”

Did Gregg state that while high or after he damaged his brain with drugs???

From Wiki: Allman struggled with drugs both legal and illegal, primarily cocaine, heroin, and alcohol, from the 1970s onward. He was sober as of the mid-1990s.

Truth in Moderation

October 29th, 2011
8:02 pm

Brookwood’s “Step Your Game Up” wins laud and honor.
TSA’s “Get Your Freak On” …….not so much.

Truth in Moderation

October 29th, 2011
10:24 pm

You just can’t rap to “Jessica”.
Just downloaded it from iTunes. Thanks for the memories!

Truth in Moderation

October 30th, 2011
3:24 pm

While government schoolers rap about football, this eleven year old home schooler raps about healthy food; he would rather be on an organic farm than on an NFL farm team!
Michelle Obama WOULD BE PROUD!

Gwinnett Parent

October 30th, 2011
9:07 pm

These kids are doing what is taught in senior level language arts classes across the county and colleges across the state. They are showing first-hand their knowledge of assonance, alliteration, internal and end rhyme, allusions, and consonance. They’re doing a great job of it, too!

Truth in Moderation

October 31st, 2011
8:47 am

@Gwinnett Parent
The schools can take no credit for the production, except for the use of facilities. It was the ghetto NON-STUDENT that created rap. It is an innate human talent specific to those of African descent. Other people groups merely copy it. In fact, formal public schooling DESTROYS this kind of creativity.

“A large percentage of African-American youths faced unemployment and lived in conditions close to poverty during the 1970s and 1980s compared to white Americans. Hiphop and Rap music originated from this background of hardship, drugs and gang-related violence in New York’s inner cities such as the South Bronx. DJs started off playing for private parties and instead of playing whole songs, played short fragments, percussion breaks and started to sample different types of polyrhythmic music.

One DJ pioneer was Kool DJ Herc (a.k.a. Clive Campbell), who started spinning in 1973. He is now regarded as one of the founders of Hip Hop. He also pioneered the use of break beats which are the non-instrumental percussion sections of a track and to spin them back to back. His technique was given the name merry-go-round and it wasn’t long before other DJs began to emulate him. Herc was also one of the first DJs to start using two turntables, quickly mixing and fading one song into another. One of his most classic breaks is “Apache” by the incredible Bongo Band.

The next step from mixing and scratching was to add vocals which started with a call and response game with the DJ and the audience and progressed onto a “rap” or talking phrases by the DJ. The creation of a MC occurred and DJs would start to collaborate with MCs who would rap over the sampled music. The first MC was probably Cowboy (a.k.a. Keith Wiggins) from Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. By now, this style of music was beginning to extend out from the Bronx into areas such as Harlem, Queens and Brooklyn and the music was happening live on the streets rather than being recorded.”