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When Hip Hop and Parenting Collide

Sep 6, 2012 by     No Comments    Posted under: Blog

Finally! Someone has put into video/vlog form one of my own issues I the issues I deal with as a “Hip Hop” parent.

We can try as much as we want to, but if you are born in the culture and LIVE in the culture, occasionally, a hip hop lyric or reference will find its way into our daily vernacular. I’m the mother to an elementary school-aged child and sometimes these things WILL get repeated. I’ll never forget when she was going around singing “My birthday, get money” to the tune of Junior Mafia’s “Get Money”. It was a censored version, but everyone knew where she got the catchy jingle from.

Even grandparents slip up. They raised the hip hop parents so there is exposure there too, right? Case in point, my own mom singing, “It’s getting hot in here, so take off all your clothes” while she was getting my then three-year old nephew ready for bath time. Yeah, my mouth was agape and I shook my head, but it did make him more eager to take a bath. And she heard the song a gazillion times, likely because of me and/or my siblings. I had to take partial blame.

And though he wouldn’t be my preferred choice for party entertainment, there is a reason why Uncle Magik/Shakim the Clown is raking it in on the party circuit these days.

Anyway, check out this video from the folks over at  “‘Mommy Uncensored’ (Based on Real-Mommy Experiences)” to see some examples of how some hip hop lyrics can make there way into your child’s musical selections. Mamas, papas, grandparents, aunties, uncles, etc. will likely identify.

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