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#1 Posted on 22.2.06 1850.04
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All three of my kids are in dance classes right now and they are taking some hip-hop and breaking lessons. They are asking for some music for the home front to hone their craft. We got some suggestions from the instructors, but they all come with the parental warning sticker. My kids are 6, 8 and 10, so I don't need and 50 Cent. We think we're pretty safe with L'il Romeo, but thought the great musical minds on this board might be able to suggest some suitable hip-hop artists for the young Pie-lettes.

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#2 Posted on 22.2.06 1916.59
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If you don't mind an overtly Christian message, I can recommend several hip-hop artists who are child friendly. I'd encourage you to check out Grits, T-Bone, tobyMac, The Cross Movement, Pigeon John, and Verbs. You might also look at KJ-52 and John Reuben, but they seem to be a bit more of an acquired taste.

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#3 Posted on 22.2.06 2004.30
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"Will Smith doesn't have to curse in his raps to sell records..."

"Big Willie Style" is a decent enough album, I think. When I was ten, I think I had some LL Cool J and Run-DMC but while there aren't curses with them there are plenty of things implied, so you might want to take a listen to them first.
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#4 Posted on 23.2.06 0107.54
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To add to JayJayDean's response...I liked "HE'S THE DJ, I'M THE RAPPER", which had such classics as "Parents Just Don't Understand" and "Nightmare On My Street". I had it on tape three times and wore it out every time.

I'm sure it's available somewhere on CD.

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#5 Posted on 23.2.06 0640.45
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It's a tough call, because you know the kids are going to pick up on a "dated" sound...

You might also check out Deltron 3030 (album of the same name) and DJ Shadow's Endtroducing. I don't believe either comes with a warning sticker. Also, I'll have to check my CDs, but I think Blackalicious' stuff is relatively clean.
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#6 Posted on 23.2.06 1526.09
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    Originally posted by bash91
    If you don't mind an overtly Christian message, I can recommend several hip-hop artists who are child friendly. I'd encourage you to check out Grits, T-Bone, tobyMac, The Cross Movement, Pigeon John, and Verbs. You might also look at KJ-52 and John Reuben, but they seem to be a bit more of an acquired taste.

    Tim


Outstanding, Tim! At least with these CDs, you're pretty sure they won't be singing about smacking the ladies upside their heads or shooting policemen.

I found snippets of Grits, Cross Movement and Pigeon John. From reading tobyMac might be the best suited for my kids, but the Amazon link to his CDs wasn't working when I checked.

Thanks for all the help and if anybody thinks of any more age-appropriate music, I am all ears!
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#7 Posted on 23.2.06 1606.14
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A more underground trio called "Ugly Duckling" is pretty clean, with that classic hip hop sound to it. They have nice rhymes that are pretty violence free. Probably not the best stuff to start break dancing to (if that's what they're really doing) but for the ages a slower tempo might be all right. The new Jin album "The Emcee's Properganda" (not a spelling error) has some really great beats on it. He does drop the occassional curse here and there, but beyond that nothing really offensive. I'd also say that some of the more recent Beastie Boys stuff has decent enough beats. Yes, their lyrics are pretty crude at times, but i doubt a 10 year old, let alone a 6 year old could really pick up on what they're saying. Then again, who knows.
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#8 Posted on 23.2.06 2314.56
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I think the Dangerdoom album (DJ Dangermouse and MF Doom) would be pretty appropriate, too.
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#9 Posted on 24.2.06 1814.41
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Jurassic 5, Power in Numbers. It has an advisory sticker on the front but I can't remember any glaring profanities. J5 is positive, and the songs have a good message. You can read the lyrics online before playing it for your kids, but even if not for them, try it out for yourself.
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#10 Posted on 25.2.06 1338.15
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We went with the newest one from tobyMac - "Welcome to Diverse City" and Holy Hip Hop Volume 1.

We'll see how the kids do with those!

Thanks again for all the help, folks!
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#11 Posted on 25.2.06 1639.12
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    Originally posted by drjayphd
    I think the Dangerdoom album (DJ Dangermouse and MF Doom) would be pretty appropriate, too.

No. No it most certainly wouldn't. I love the DangerDoom album, but it is no more appropriate for young kids than ATHF itself is.
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#12 Posted on 26.2.06 1342.12
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    Originally posted by JohnnyHerbs
    Jurassic 5, Power in Numbers. It has an advisory sticker on the front but I can't remember any glaring profanities. J5 is positive, and the songs have a good message. You can read the lyrics online before playing it for your kids, but even if not for them, try it out for yourself.



Jurassic 5 is AMAZING. Power in Numbers may have the sticker (and I'm not quite sure why either), but I don't think "Quality Control" does. So I think you're right in that it'd be a safe bet.
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