Because there’s more to hip-hop than doobage and riches, even “Super NintendoandSega Genesis” – see life – The New York Times has brought back their partnership with nerdy, yet endearing educational rhyming platform, Flocabulary, to celebrate the year in news, whilst shaping young minds. Casting the nation’s students – 13-25 – in competition to sum up 2012’s finest moments in 12-16 lines, last year saw some pretty clever entries, like this heavy-handed political slap by Satat O.:

2011, according to the Chinese, the Year of Rabbit,

Meaning it is the year of being calm, but the opposite happened.

Like we had Irene, which was a deadly scene in the west,

In Middle East we have the Navy give Bin to Death.

Strange how this happened when Barack was getting less respect,

Chances dwindle for Perry because unfortunately he forgets.

Far more difficult than the iconic paper’s annual quiz counterpart, and thumb-printed with everything from pop-culture to business, think you can do the year justice in verse and rhyme? Well if you’re like us and just over the age-limit to submit maybe you know a student who’d want to give it a shot? Deadline’s January 7. But for kicks, heed the beginnings of our shoddy flow:

A Korean named PSY hit YouTube views in the billion

While the US Debt shrugged its shoulders with 16-trillion

Doesn’t matter, ’cause Britney’s back, ‘bitch

And a 17-year-old thug from Chicago is ‘Finally Rich