This Teacher Remixed Rapper Cardi B's 'Bodak Yellow' To Help Her Students Learn Geography — And It Worked

"Yeah it's cold, so I just put on my Nautica / If I'm trying to trek south, end up in Antarctica."

Erica Buddington is far from being the first teacher to utilize rapping to help teach their students, but with rhymes — and results — like these, it's hard to deny that she isn't the coolest. Buddington recently made a splash on Twitter after she posted a video of her delivering a rap of geography facts and terms set to Cardi B's hit song "Bodak Yellow."


To date the tweet has garnered nearly 52,000 retweets and more than 109,000 likes on Twitter alone, with the remix going viral all over social media. The video features Buddington — a poet, author, and current sixth-grade teacher at Capital Preparatory Schools in Harlem — performing with the kids living their best lives, dancing in their seats and tapping on the desk to the beat.

Buddington said her students were at low proficiency and it was imperative that she somehow capture their attention. Specifically, they were "having trouble locating places on the map." After recently hearing Cardi B's chart-topping hit, Buddington got the idea to rewrite the hook and a full verse of the song to help the kids improve. On a recent quiz, which asked the kids to label and identify key terms on a map, she noticed that the students were whispering her lyrics to recall information and their grades actually improved.

"It helped them list every single ocean, every hemisphere, every single continent. For a while it was a challenge for them to fill out [the map]; it helped them remember where they are," Buddington told BuzzFeed. "I'm happy."

Buddington's geography-filled "Bodak Yellow" remix has caught the attention of National Geographic Education, April Reign (the creator of #OscarsSoWhite and co-creator of #NoConfederate), and even Cardi B herself — just to name a few.

"All of the kids are from the Bronx and Harlem and Cardi is a staple of their culture," Buddington said. "Their parents are super young and they're tapped into the social media sphere, and they lost their minds."

Ever since the original video of Buddington and her students debuted online, she has become somewhat of a celebrity, and has been using the platform to expand upon why she took this route and some of her other thoughts about being an educator.

"Even though the song is not age-appropriate, there's nothing we can do about that," Buddington said. "It's really a mental game and it's a blast for students for retaining information."

Cover image via @ericabuddington / Instagram


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