This Harlem kid has a rap on science with win at song contest

For hundreds of city high school students, rap is about Darwin, not just cash and flash.

Sixteen-year-old Harlemite Jabari Johnson beat out 300 other New York-area high school students to win the title of best MC at the Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S. last month.

The competition was the culmination of Wu-Tang rapper GZA and a Columbia University professor’s new program engaging students in science labs through hip-hop exercises.

“They’re very similar, science and hip-hop,” said Johnson, a senior at Urban Assembly School for Performing Arts. “Scientists and hip-hop artists observe everything in their environment and try to put on paper their ideas about what they see.”

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