Rap for the Founder

Broad'n the game. Expand the brain. Do what you can and plan to make change.
—Lyrics of "Mind Cultivation"

During De La Salle Week in April, Jason Harris ‘07, Jon Bertain ‘07 and Nick Carmone ‘09 made a video of their Lasallian rap song “Mind Cultivation” and posted it on YouTube.

“Jason and I have worked together for years,” says Bertain, who produced the video. “Through this collaboration (with Nick), we’re hoping that students learn more about De La Salle’s values.”

Reviews have been positive.

“One of the oldest forms of spoken-word poetry – the epic – plays a huge role in the academic life of Saint Mary’s,” says Communication Department Chair Ellen Rigsby. “I like seeing that one of the newest – hip-hop – is making its way in.”

“People like the positive lyrics,” says Harris. “(De La Salle) was a really dedicated man. He wanted to help the young and the poor and he didn’t let anyone stop him.”

The video (http://youtube.com/watch?v=kEXAcpzac74) features Harris singing in Oliver Hall and by the De La Salle statue in front of the Chapel.