Music is one of the primary mediums through which adolescents are exposed to a range of emotional expression. Yet, many adolescents are unable to identify, express, or regulate their emotions. Research has consistently demonstrated that restricted, rigid, and unregulated emotionality is associated with a variety of poor mental health outcomes- including increased anxiety, depression, and suicidality. In this workshop we will examine questions such as: Why is it important to pay attention to the consumption of music and how it impacts adolescent wellbeing? How does music and hip hop with its usage of tempo, tone, rhythm, and melody influence the cognitive and emotional habits of adolescents? More importantly, how can Hip Hop therapy be used by behavioral health specialists in case formulation and clinical intervention strategies to reduce symptoms associated with mental illness among urban youth?