The Laboratory for Ritual Arts & Pedagogy (The RAP LAB) at the University of Colorado, Boulder is a transdisciplinary research hub for the study of hip-hop cultures and adjacent artistic movements of colour.  We not only study the history of this artistic movement but its mechanics as a dynamic system of rituals that can be implemented in the streets to help youth and families engage in culturally legitimate learning.  Inspired by a natural sciences laboratory and a hip-hop record label, The RAP Lab is experimental, project driven, and outward looking. We bring together students, faculty, and community leaders to work on collaborative and individual research, publications, digital multi-media content, archives, courses, community projects, and public events.