So, for one of my classes final I had to write two raps songs. One for parents who are concerned about the influence of hip-hop on their kids. And the other for a 5th grader who is struggling between hip-hop and "acting white". Each one has to be three verses. And there is other grading criteria, but meh meh. This was hard for me seeing how I don't really care what other people think about hip-hop, and I don't think I can write a verse if my life depended on it.....But, I gots tah. I tried to break it up, so you could see where I pause and all, but it's hard.
So far I only got the first one done. And I was wondering what do you all think? Be mean if ya want you aren't grading it, sucka.
For the Parents
Before you make haste judgments on the hip-hop culture,
You gotta look back on it’s history, sit with me,
And listen to what I say, I listen to it,
Every single day
Imma hip-hop teacher, with a little bit of soul, call me a preacher!
Rappers are telling stories like griots of old African Tribes,
Cept they do it over beats and vibes
Continuin’ an old African Tradition.
Call ‘em poets like Amiri Baraka or Nikki Giovanni,
Rapping about urban blacks livin’ in today’s society,
DJ Kool Herc and Grand Masterflash,
Original pioneers, both contributing to the invention of “scratch” and call back cheers
Before the MCs started bustin’ a rhyme
It was the DJ hittin’ beat breaks time after time. and
Break-dancin’ on cardboard boxes, with necks as strong as an ox’s.
Now, I know what you’re thinking that was the past and this is now.
They are degradin’ women,
Tellin’ kids to do drugs or whatever they’re feelin’.
Well, we all can be Lionel Ritchie and dance on the ceilin’.
But, that’s not the best defense,
Let me give you another perspective,
My two pence.
What’s right and wrong varies from persons-to-persons,
But it’s your job to teach your daughters and sons,
What they see on the TV or hear on the radio shouldn't be their main influence,
It should be YOU…The Parents.
Conscientious rap isn’t too hard to find,
Talib Kweli raps about the consequences of holdin’ that nine
Nas had an anthem for the kids called “I can”, some rappers really do give a damn
It got a lot of play, you can find it on Itunes for 99 cents all day, everyday.
What’s hot right now is dope boys who make songs to bump N’ grind to,
Teach your children to expand their mind and they’ll see right through,
Just as you do.
Teaching the kids will only lead to a better hip-hop in the future,
Hip-hop is not dead,
Don’t prey on it like a vulture, just get down with the culture
Look at Pharrell Williams,
He endorses skateboarders, while rapping with Snoop D-O-double-G,
and sings songs about true L-O-V-E
Hip-hop can inspire cleverness and wordplay
You gotta have a large vocabulaary, if you wanna spit rhymes on the dailay,
Or know a lotta of facts,
Otherwise you’ll be kickin’ whack raps
Tell your kids you gotta know mathematics
And don’t become addicts,
If you wanna hop on the mic,
You can ask Mos Def he’ll tell you you’re right
Rap can even have a political agenda
That is more than just “LEGALIZE REEFA”
Gangstarr, Dead Prez, Mr. Lif, and The Geto Boyz
All have intelligent political raps,
nah man no time for cat naps
Hip-hop comes from the streets,
That’s why you hear raw verses and raw beats,
But most artists strive for a better world for their hometown,
And promote a better life for those layin’ their life down
TLC raised awareness for safe sex, R.I.P. to Left Eye, she’s move on to the next
Many rap about the penalties of dealing drugs, whether it’s death or imprisonment,
And how they are lucky to make it out of the Tenaments.
Wu-Tang is for the children according to ODB, one more R.I.P.
And for the record that’s then end of the third verse ya heard, with only one small minimal curse word!
Last edited by Tiki on Wed Dec 12, 2007 9:24 am, edited 1 time in total.
Keep it lit.