Five Rap Songs The Would Make Great Children's Books
Recently, the worlds of rap classics and children's literature collided with the online release of "Regulate: the Children's Book." The debut project of the "HipHopChildrensBooks" Tumblr, it's the brainchild of rapper and Soulcrate Music member Wes Eisenhauer who brought Warren G and Nate Dogg's storybook-style rhyme slingin' into the style of an actual storybook, thanks to artist Mark Wagner. Inspired by this innovation, which can be read for free here, we at the Weekly came up with five rap songs we also hope get the children's book treatment.
Eric B. and Rakim - "Paid in Full"
Many consider Rakim to be the single greatest rap artist of all time. Anyone who doesn't simply considers him the second or third best, and anyone ranking him lower than that doesn't exist. Naturally, his work would be a great way to introduce kids to hip-hop. "Paid in Full" with its strong single-verse and excellent message about the merits of hard work should be a part of every young person's upbringing.
De La Soul - "I Am, I Be"
Posdnuos' opening verse on De La Soul's "I Am, I Be" is a landmark goosebump-inducing autobiographical masterpiece whose lush descriptions and emotive wordplay is ideal for creating strong images. A mature look back at one's life, it's the type of honor-shaping mental strengthening great kids stories are made of.
Lil Wayne - "Alphabet Bitches"
In the mid-2000s, Lil Wayne's non-stop flood of material included a handful of remakes of regional New Orleans classics. One of which, PxMxWx's "Alphabet Bitches" was a particularly welcome reboot. Combining the proud tradition of Too $hort's fornication-filled forays with the fun of alphabetical orders, "Alphabet Bitches" is an absolute blast. Due to the graphic nature, we'd classify it for young adults.