Putting the school into old school

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Asher Roth is the 23-year-old rap sensation who might best be described as the missing link between Eminem (yes, he's white, and sure, he's pretty sick of the comparisons by now, but uh-huh, he does sound a bit like him) and Weird Al Yankovich (he of "Eat It" fame).

It's difficult to know just how much the indisputably talented Roth is joking - he's been man enough not to hide his less-than-street upbringing in suburban Pennsylvania and he's got genuine heavyweight hip-hop support from the likes of Jay-Z and KanYe West. But still, his new single, "I Love College" (out on 11 May) does end in a rallying cry to "freshmen" to do something "crazy" like a "headstand", and while he's certainly not celebrating university as a place of learning (or at least not in the traditional sense) the fact that he's set a hip-hop video in a fraternity house seems pretty spoddy to us. 

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Education and rap have crossed over before of course. Last year our fears of the impending destruction of Earth were greatly relieved when we realised that the scientists behind the CERN Large Hadron Collider were as proficient at spitting rhymes as accelerating protons - watch it here

Our favourite, however, is this gem from 1989, in which a science teacher by the name of T.H. Culhane (yes, he does appear to have posted the video himself) raps to a class of teenagers in acid-washed denim about classifications in the animal kingdom. Look out for the brilliantly inappropriate smirk while he delivers the line: "It's a trip to be a mammal when you drink from momma's breast". Everybody! "Kingdom, Phylum, Class..."

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