Hip-Hop / Parenthood

“What does it mean to be a hip-hop parent?”

What does it mean to be a hip-hop parent? For me, it means moving heaven and earth to protect my daughter from any hint of the menace that threatened my own teenage years.

It means selectively introducing her to the music I loved at her age, sometimes coaxing an approving grin from her, sometimes getting a skeptical eyebrow. And sometimes it means reaching a musical détente, like when we decided we both liked “Contralla” by Drake enough for it to become our sunroof-open, singalong summer song.

Selwyn Seyfu Hinds, “Beats, Rhymes and Middle Age”, The New York Times (2 July 2017), SR9.