The rap genre has always been pretty notorious for shaking things up in the homes of suburban America. Mothers from all over have constantly tried to cut off their so-called innocent spawn from the raw and rugged voices of the streets. But nowadays, rap/hip hop has been so popularized in mainstream culture that even the dorkiest of parents can get down to an MC spittin’ rhymes over a funky beat.
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7. Skee-Lo – “I Wish”
6. P.M. Dawn – “Set Adrift on Memory Bliss"
I have this vision in my mind that all of those snooty housewives that use to be hippies in the ‘60s and sold their souls for a spoiled New England lifestyle played this track on repeat back in 1991. The reason why I say this is because only a suburban mother would listen to ‘90s psychedelic rap/R&B. I know for a fact that the hip hop/rap community was suspect of this group from day one and having a Spandau Ballet sample in one of your tunes didn’t help matters either. Any mom out their would have no problem eatin' this up.
I will admit that I got down to this song at my middle school dance, but I only did it to satisfy the ladies.
5. MC Hammer – "Addams Family Groove"
My mom bought me this tape when I was a kid and I still somehow knew (even at a very young age) that this was the cheesiest song on the face of the planet. The red flag went up the second I realized that my mom knew who MC Hammer was and decided it would be a good idea to purchase me one of his lame candy-coated rap numbers.
Mothers from all over were probably praising the almighty everyday of their lives that MC Hammer had stepped on the scene in the late ‘80s. There is no doubt that a mom would definitely prefer to feed their kids MC Hammer raps instead of a Public Enemy track filled with Chuck D lyrics. I know you were just trying to protect me. Thanks, mom.
4. Mr. T‘s Mom Rap
There ain’t nothin’ finer than watchin’ Mr. T try to throw together a few awkward rap bars about how we should all treat our mamas right. Although, I get the feeling that mothers in the ‘80s actually took this sh*t as seriously as Mr. T. did.
Unfortunately for them, most young kids growing up in the ‘80s weren’t into to Mr. T for his positive attitude and respect for the female gender. We were into Mr. T because he knocked out Rocky Balboa and blew random crap to smithereens on The A-Team. I don’t think most kids sat at home listening to this song trying to come up with new ways to help out their #1 parent.
But I pity the fool who can’t treat their mama right!
3. TLC – "Waterfalls"
Most of you may not consider this a rap song, but the fact that Left Eye spits a flow on almost every single TLC track definitely puts it in that category.
If you could somehow find out who the eleven million people were that purchased this record back in ‘98 I will almost guarantee you that two-thirds of them are female parents buying the CD for their kids. Mothers must have been so excited that their children were bumpin’ an uplifting song filled with some serious scenarios and how not to make the wrong life choices. TLC was always pushing issues like safe sex from the beginning, so it’s no real surprise that protective parents had no problems blasting out the positive tunes of Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas and Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes.
2. L.L. Cool J - I Need Love
When this song was released back in the fall of 1987, “I Need Love” was considered to be the first rap ballad ever released. A lot of diehard hip hop heads even wanted to write Cool James off because of the song’s lovey-dovey content. This is why it’s perfect for mothers all around the globe. It’s totally sending the message that rappers are actually nice guys treating young ladies with love and respect. I hope they know now that is completely untrue and unbelievably obvious that LL only wrote the song to get more play.
1. Anything By DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
I could have put a number of Fresh Prince/Will Smith songs on this list, but I would have spent this entire time talking about "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It," "Parents Just Don't Understand," "Just the Two of Us" and a slew of other kid-friendly hip-pop tracks.
If I was an over-loving parent in the late 1980s I would have been thanking my lucky stars that Will and Jazzy Jeff were putting out music. With NWA and Public Enemy ruling the rap/hip hop game, the West Philadelphia duo were one of the few urban acts putting out some fun-loving pop material. They even took home the first rap Grammy ever in 1989 for "Parents Just Don't Understand." And just to give an idea of how disconnected the panels were, this was the same year Jethro Tull beat out Metallica for the Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance.