ESG - You're No Good

"You're no good"

Check out this super-old live clip by ESG (you weren't even born yet)!

OK, these guys aren't TECHNICALLY rap, but their music is some of the most sampled in all of hip hop history. From Big Daddy Kane to J. Cole, the rap world owes the Scroggins sisters from the Bronx a lot of gratitude.

Their song "Erase You" is one of my favorite songs of all time.


The Pharcyde - Drop

"Obsolete is the punk that talk more junk that Sanford sells"

This video is dope. It'd be awesome to show kids this video and see when/if they figure out exactly how it was made. The concept is so simple (here's Spike Jonez's one-page treatment description), but it's really well done. Plus, it's a great song and it looks like they're having an awesome time making it.

Keep an eye out for the Beastie Boys cameo.

Parental note: this is the "radio edit". The original has a couple of relatively minor curses in it.


THEESatisfaction - Deeper

"my melanin is relevant, there's something to be had"

Saw these guys last night opening for Shabazz Palaces and dang they were good. Though most of their songs have, um, "adult"(though very posi) subject matters, this radio-edit live version of their song "Deeper" will do just fine.


Kid-friendly Jay-Z, Part II

"Yes sir, I'm cut for a different cloth/ My texture is the best fur, chinchilla"

The quest for the kid-appropriate Jay-Z continues with this one, a duet with his Young B. His rap's a little more substantial than his Umbrella one; 16 bars instead of just 8.

For some reason, this video consists of stick figures dancing.

Kid-friendly Jay-Z, Part I

"Jay/ Rain Man is back with little Ms. Sunshine/ Rihanna where you at"

Not surprisingly, most of Jay-Z's best songs are not kid-appropriate. But with a little digging you can find a few non-cussy verses. His rap on Umbrella is a mere 8-bars long, but at least he behaves himself.

This is a funny stick-figure cartoon interpretation of the song.


YES, YES, YAUL at ArtBeat

Hey Boston-area folks: Jef Czekaj will be doing a special book-reading/rapping of YES, YES, YAUL this weekend at Somerville's big art festival, Artbeat. He'll be teaming up with fellow too-many-consonants-in-their-name picture book author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka for a performance that will smoosh together rap and punk music, drawing and rapping into one epic book reading.

It all goes down Saturday, July 21 at 2:15 at the Starbucks Plaza right in Davis Square, Somerville. It's free and Jef and Jarrett will be autographing books!

It's gonna look like this:


Lil Nat Boyz-"Row Yo Boat"

"Cannonball into my bankroll."

We expect big things from this crew. Also worth watching: their Drank in my Cup parody in which they make it rain kool-aid packets.


Bana Nah Nah Nah

"He works all day on his com-pu-tah/ Now all he can say is bana-nah-nah-nah"

Man, I don't know anything about this video except that when I show it at schools and libraries kids go crazzzzzzzzyyy.


Fat Boys- Stick Em

"Make the bass come out so clear"

This video rules. Memo to myself: get a Fat Boys t-shirt.


Dino 5- Dino 5 Theme

Hip-hop for kids made by members of The Roots, Jurassic 5, Digable Planets, and Prince Paul!!! Why, oh why, hasn't there been a follow-up album?


Eric B. & Rakim- Eric B. is President

"No tricks in '86"

Once upon a time there was a magical place called Yo! MTV Raps.


Joeski Love - Pee Wee's Dance

 "Just look at the crowd and say 'I meant to do that'"

This clip has pretty much everything I want in a rap video: a nerdy teacher type, a giant boombox, a robot made of aluminum foil, and Ice-T as a backup dancer.

PS: This is exactly what my high school science class was like.