I’ve mentioned many times before that I am a shameless Hip-Hop fan. I recently walked past Common and Serena Williams hanging out together in Manhattan on the night the hot tennis star beat her sister in the U.S. Open and it took all my might to not tell Common that I’ve been a fan since the “Can I Borrow a Dollar” days. Instead I just nodded at the rapper and called my wife to gush about the celebrity sighting. In terms of actual music these days I am addicted to Nas’ new CD (his Hero song is a classic), and I’m enjoying some classic Jay-Z throwbacks.
Not surprisingly my son has joined in and is also loving himself some Hip-Hop. One of his favorite artists right now is Young Jeezy (he keeps insisting I buy his latest release?- I just smile and nod), and The Game. His favorite song by The Game is My Life. His favorite lyric in My Life is “…I needed my father but he needed a needle.” Yep my boy sings that line in public.
The song is powerful and?poingnant and easily one of the best rap songs of the year(though I?don’t agree with the Jesse Jackson stab). That’s what makes my son’s interpretation so funny. He thinks of it as daddy going to the doctor and getting a medically sanctioned shot – a thought?that he quietly relishes. He doesn’t realize, thank goodness, that the line is about real suffering at the hand of drugs. For him its daddy, his arch nemesis, feeling a little pain. Obviously he loves me.?
We’re waiting for a call from school asking if Dev’s daddy is OK. Five year olds are so fun.
I saw Common on Flatbush once getting pizza. Too funny what Dev’s favorite line is. Kids definitely know how to embarrass you, don’t they? I won’t even give most southern rappers the time of day (I’m just biased like that for no good reason ), but lately I’m feelin’ Wayne and T.I. I love everything about”Hero”.
Dev has better taste than does Lovegirl. Her current favorite? Hi Hater. Of course, she thinks he’s saying “Hi Aidan” but still.
I’m looking forward to this year’s VH1 Hip Hop Honors. On the roster this year – De La Soul, Slick Rick, Naughty By Nature and Too Short – let the party begin! (Don’t really care for Cypress Hill, but they’re being honored too)
Oh, I feel you. Mine got a dose of L’il Wayne from cousins in Chicago. Now my four year-old goes around saying, “A Milli” over and over and over again. Folks look so confused when they hear him singing it.
You gotta love Dev, right – lol.
It’s funny how you can interpret songs completely differently when you’re little. That’s hilarious.
Resurrection is the best cd ever. Common and Serena were just here in Hawaii, giving surfing a shot. Not so hot, but cool they tried.