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    Default Clean rap artists?

    My 10 year old is getting in to music and he's chosen rap as his favorite. I'm soooooo happy about this!

    I do like some rap music, but I'm having trouble thinking of any totally "appropriate" artists to put on his tunes list. I'm not very strict - but the woman-hating, violence filled stuff isn't great for him. He listens to the lyrics - intently. I'm sure that's part of the charm for him. Again .

    Any ideas for a playlist? His birthday is coming up and he's getting an IPOD base radio player in his room. (He's using my IPOD with his own playlists.)

    He likes Grillz and that's OK with me. He also likes Eminem's Shake That - and that is NOT ok with me . I have some old school stuff and a little Will Smith. The other stuff I have (50 cent, etc) is not great for him, but I don't have much rap.

    All suggestions will be appreciated!
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    Thanks. He's unfortunately getting to the age (or stage) where's he's savvy about adults trying to manage his exposure. I'm afraid he'd not listen just because "it's for kids". I'm trying to be sneaky....by giving him real things that aren't too bad. I've downloaded the clean version of a lot of songs. He likes those, but sometimes with a rap song it gets ridiculous if they've beeped out everything. Then, he's asking "what did it say in that spot?"
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    This may be a double post...
    Will Smith has a rep for being clean on his albums.

    eta, ah, you already said WS.

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    Nelly - Air Force Ones

    Sir Mix A Lot - Buttermilk Buiscuts

    Sir Mix A Lot - Beepers

    Sir Mix A Lot - Swass

    Usher

    Some of Ja Rule's stuff

    and I have a call into my brother who is the rap know it all about what else may work....

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    Thanks!

    I haven't listened to much Sir Mix a Lot beyond Baby's Got Back. :>
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    Yeah, a lot of Sir Mix-a-Lot is about how cool it is to be a Seattlite. Please, do, corrupt your son to love the Northwest.

    DH was really into rap in the 80s. That old-school stuff deals by and large with being the better rapper, being able to rap faster than the other guy, and such suitable if silly subjects. Flipping through his CDs and thinking of what I've heard on road trips, I'm 99% sure that Young MC is all clean, Will Smith when he was the Fresh Prince (with DJ Jazzy Jeff), MC Hammer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alison_in_oh
    Yeah, a lot of Sir Mix-a-Lot is about how cool it is to be a Seattlite. Please, do, corrupt your son to love the Northwest.


    I love Baby's Got Back. Soooo motivational for a workout.

    Vanilla Ice?

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    My Posse's on Broadway... Posse UP! - Sir Mix a Lot

    Tone Loc

    LL Cool J of old was good I dont know anything about his newer stuff

    Beastie Boys

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    Will Smill always used to say that if his rule of thumb was whether or not his grandmother could listen to his music. Also, I second the Beasties!

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