Friday, July 31, 2020

The Cool Parent’s Guide to Classic Hip-Hop for Kids

If keeping the family indoors during a pandemic wasn’t excuse enough to start introducing your kids to good music, maybe the scorching summer heat will be. It’s July, live music is all but canceled (again) and most of our kids are likely feeling a little bored right about now.

If you’ve wanted to introduce your children to hip-hop but haven’t known the safest route to take, namely nothing with a Parental Advisory warning label, we’ve narrowed down a list of some of the best introductory LPs from the Golden Age of hip-hop, the mid-1980s through the mid-’90s (with one early exception), that won’t leave you awkwardly dodging questions like “Mommy, what does ‘I can eat you like Hibachi’ mean?” Our lineup of kid-friendly emcees didn’t spit much if any blue language or graphic descriptions at the mic, and we think it’s some of the best the genre’s had over the years — from simple and fun party anthems to tracks tackling complex issues of race and religion to others suggesting that parents just don’t understand. We have noted a few tracks on these albums, though, that you may want to keep off-limits to impressionable children.


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