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April 10, 2008 8:03 AM   Subscribe

Baby Loves Hip-Hop? Kids albums are designed to amuse wee tots at the expense of parental sanity, right? Maybe not. What if you asked one of rap's finest producers to form a supergroup of some of the brightest names in the genre, all to create an album to introduce little minds to the world of hip-hop? You'd end up with Dino 5, a dinosaur-themed collection of tracks featuring Scratch (from The Roots), Ladybug (from Digable Planets), Wordsworth (from eMC) and Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5), all under the direction of the one and only Prince Paul. (Props to Ivan at Hip-Hop Is Read)
posted by grabbingsand (17 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite

 
That's all well and good, but I'm waiting for the Dr. Dre for babies version to come out:

I'm the dopekid yo boy wear corduroy
Toys up to here but unemployed
You keep smoking that rock
And my (Winnie the) Pooh dolls keep gettin' bigger

Yo, got that 5-0 double up Tigger!

posted by besotted at 8:14 AM on April 10, 2008 [1 favorite]


Has to be better than the rap about toilet paper on the "Elmo's Potty Time" DVD my kid watches. Even by the standards of rap music, it's dreadful.
posted by inthe80s at 8:15 AM on April 10, 2008


Baby Loves Disco
posted by empath at 8:18 AM on April 10, 2008


That's great... talented people doing kid-oriented raps, it's a first.

Eight - I would love a play date... classic.
posted by Huck500 at 8:26 AM on April 10, 2008


Considering how often kids will listen to an album, this will still crush a parent's sanity. The fact that it's well produced childiren's hip-hop does not save it; it's still kiddy music.
posted by oddman at 8:43 AM on April 10, 2008


If you want well-produced and kid's, but not hip-hop, check out Here Come the ABCs by They Might Be Giants. (They have No and Here Come the 123s as well, but I'm less familiar with those.) The videos are great as well.
posted by DU at 8:45 AM on April 10, 2008


this is what i'm talking bout. Wordsworth is billy brontosaurus and his favorite color is green and his favorite number is 3.

if i had a rapping dinosaur like that to listen to when i was a kid that would have been the bomb.
posted by flyinghamster at 8:51 AM on April 10, 2008


Baby Loves Death Metal
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 9:30 AM on April 10, 2008


www.babyloveshiphop.com

What's a Baby Love Ship, and why on earth would I want to hop on it?
posted by spiderskull at 9:55 AM on April 10, 2008


Related
posted by rooftop secrets at 9:59 AM on April 10, 2008


Pop Songs for Kids.
posted by Duug at 11:39 AM on April 10, 2008


Kids albums are designed to amuse wee tots at the expense of parental sanity, right?

Only when it's done badly (says this sometimes-children's-music-musician.) Having said that, I'm looking forward to playing this for my kids as soon as I get home tonight, because they've already heard every one of these artists at home since before they were born.
posted by davejay at 11:41 AM on April 10, 2008


If you want well-produced and kid's, but not hip-hop, check out Here Come the ABCs by They Might Be Giants.

I hate to say this, but I actually found that album to be mostly meh; I think their adult music is, by and large, much more entertaining for kids than their children's music (and based on their responses to both, my children agree.)
posted by davejay at 11:42 AM on April 10, 2008


My dino-loving three-year-old quite likes this (though his main obsession now, with all CDs, is to dance around with the CD case and look at the track numbers, then announce which number each track is: "THIS IS SONG NUMBER FIVE!") There's an earlier CD in this series called "Baby Loves Jazz," featuring Sharon Jones and friends doing jazzy versions of things like "The Wheels on the Bus" and "Ten Little Monkeys." It's actually quite listenable -- because, as a parent, you DO hear your kids' favorite albums eleventy million times in a row. Better this than Barney.
posted by lisa g at 1:20 PM on April 10, 2008


lisa g: I'm glad that there has been a surge in recent years of kid's music with musical merit - by which I mean that an adult can stand them. I've been listening to the Animaniacs compilation a lot lately.
posted by LSK at 4:53 PM on April 10, 2008


Ladybug is still cool like dat!
posted by cazoo at 5:48 PM on April 10, 2008 [1 favorite]


This kid is unreal. If all baby get into hip-hop, we will be overtaken by a siege of agile hip-hop ninjas.
posted by lukeklein at 5:07 PM on April 14, 2008


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