I love hip hop and rap. I understand why this may perplex some my suburban mommy colleagues. Society confuses the majority of rap/hop hop with violence, drugs gangs, and degradation of women. I’m not denying that there are some songs that do this and that’s not why I love hip hop. I’m also not denying that “Rack City” may or may not be on on my playlist and it may or may not help me run at a faster pace or stop in the middle of the retirement community I run in, to dance.
I also love Common, Tupac, basically all the 90s and truly any jam that tells a STORY OF struggle to a MAD, SICK, DOPE, BEAT.
Here are 10 reasons my I can relate to rap/hip hop:
1) “My moms bounced on pops”; although we did not move to Shaolin land , as referenced in C.R.E.A.M by Wu Tang.
..I did just have to Google the spelling of Shaolin, and Google kept bringing up creameries in the midwest??
2) It can be like a Gangstas Paradise in my head. a lot. or a Gravel Pit.
3) My Pops listened to every Blues musician in the world in my youth and BLAZED his trumpet, in the YARD along with his records.
4) My stepmom ADOPTED A WILD DONKEY FROM THE GRAND CANYON. It seriously does not get any “crunker” on a farm. Trust me.. except for maybe…..
…5) Geese. Geese are Gangsta birds. They ruled our farm. Seriously, if you come across farm geese, “you better check yourself before you wreck yourself,” because they do not play and they think every piece of poop-able land is their territory.
6) I can identify with the lyrics. No, I didn’t grow up in the Projects, but I spent time in Foster Care & there was a lot of escapism that needed to be done at times throughout a lot of my childhood.
7) The beat and the bass. It brings me joy.
8) The message is of strength, hope, understanding, struggle, and Faith.
9) I feel like I can dance, in my basement, by myself, because in public, it’s kind of painful to watch at times. .I am not very limber and I kind of look like I’m cheerleading in the frozen tundra of the artic.
10) I love the dancing in some of the videos. My bucket list item #1 =back up dancer for Missy Elliot, but I would need a lot of lessons and de-thawing.
That’s a Rap.
Laurie Free has two high-spirited children, with the trial lawyer litigation skills, when it comes to basic hygiene, such as teeth. Her patient, loving husband has supported her through all career endeavors, ranging from teaching Hip Hop Fitness,
(and I flunked "swag school") to peppering him with questions such as,
"Why haven't you turned on the 'wifi-gigibyte-hot-spot, and can you find the Gravatar?"
She does not scrapbook and lifted the name from the show "Friends", when Phoebe told Monica she was "Scrappie". She "scraps" her way with gusto into every endeavor. Yesterday she announced "I want to be a Life Coach"
.. Maybe, one day it will be Scrap-booking, till then I hope you enjoy my blog!