About register: translating slang

Students watched the video of grime artist Kano's 2016 song 'Garage Skank'. They were shown a transcription of the chorus and invited to translate it from Kano's East-London slang into a formal register of standard English. No easy job for a first piece of fully-fledged translation, the students had not only to work out what was happening in the song and find a new language for it, they had to keep in mind elements of rhyme, rhythm and form, so that their translations also worked as lyrics.