NahRight Celebrates Father’s Day with “Rap Dads”
It’s an unfortunate reality that fathers don’t always get the best attention in the media overall and especially in Hip Hop. Some of that is by folks own doing but still we could all use a more balanced depiction of good, hard working dads in the Rap world. I just checked out this great feature via Nah Right highlighting a few of the fathers in Hip Hop. Below you can check out the portion on #914 representative, 1/3 of the LOX Styles P talking about his 2 kids. If you like it as I did you can link to the full feature at the end.
Number of kids/ages: 2 kids, a daughter and a son. My daughter’s 19, my son’s 16.
Personal Rap Dad description: “You christen your kids, I let my son listen to B.I.G.”
First rap song my kids knew all the words to: With my son, I know his first artist that he really wanted their album was E-40, and Kanye. And my daughter, she loves Yelawolf. It’s hard to remember specific songs, because music is always playing in my household. We play a lot of everything, and I make music for a living. My kids practically listen to everything that I listen to in one way or another, from just riding around with your kids. And they play their own stuff, too. My son’s been playing a lot of old school hip-hop, too. Like, he loves Biggie, Nas, N.W.A, Wu. And these things, he just happened to gravitate to.
My kids favorite rappers: I know my son loves Flatbush Zombies. He rocks with Kendrick. He rocks with Joey Bada$$ a lot. He rocks with a lot of underground. My daughter actually likes a lot of South music and club songs. And Yelawolf. She likes the party kind of joints. She’ll be playing Kid Ink in the house. My daughter’s way more eclectic than everybody. She’ll be in her room listening to all types of music.
Where I listen to rap music at home: My sons rocks his music in his own room. My daughter rocks in her own room. Then my daughter and my wife, they’ll have the living room blasting with music. So I’m kind of the one who plays the least music in the house. I rock the car. The car is my world, and the house is more of everybody else’s world.
A classic rap album I recommend to other Rap Dads to play for their children: Kanye’s first two albums were pretty kid friendly. Common has a lot of music a kid can listen to. Talib Kweli of course. Black Thought. Nas got a bunch of songs kids can listen to. Even gangster rappers got a lot of good music. Everyone raises their kids differently in their own household. I let my kids listen to a lot of hardcore shit when they were with me, but you teach them different lessons, and why the music is like that.
I grew up way different than they grew up. Some of the choices I made were foolish. You have less opportunities when you’re in a less fortunate neighborhood. So when they do hear certain shit, you just try to give them knowledge with it, because you can’t really hide the world from your kids. If you hide that shit from them, they’re gonna go outside and get it anyway. And it’s not just hip-hop. When I was coming up, Prince said a lot of crazy shit. ‘80s white people music to me is the craziest shit ever! That’s one of my favorite genres of music ever, and they used to say a lot of crazy shit.
Favorite kids music/TV show/movie: Me and my kids to this day, we watch all kinds of movies together. That’s kind of a family thing in our house. From early X-Men, to early Batman, to early Spiderman. The Incredibles, Toy Story, all that shit. That’s part of your life as a parent. Even though I’m a rapper, as a parent, you still do parent shit. It’s regular shit. I remember watching Miley Cyrus and Amanda Bynes when they were little girls. We would watch Degrassi. You just catch certain shit with your kids. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Certain shit bonds generations, too. My son loves Ninja Turtles, I love Ninja Turtles. He loves X-Men, I love X-Men. He loves Spidey, I love Spidey. It just passes down, and that’s a bond you can share.
How my opinion of rap music has changed since I had kids: As an artist, you have to be creative, and be the artist you are. You can’t change who you are for anybody but yourself. But you can do it for yourself because you’re trying to be better for them. But your kids know you for who you are. My kids don’t view me as Styles P, they view me as Daddy. They’re not letting our world revolve around who I am outside. I am who I am at home, and that’s it. Rap is my job.
My opinion of rap hasn’t changed as a parent, but just as a person. It always evolves. I’m glad it came back around and it’s sounding solid again. But as a person, your view’s gotta change on it. Hip-hop was fucking garbage for a while. But now hip-hop is healthy.