Am I a bad parent for letting my baby listen to rap? But it makes him happy. He stops crying. He has sick rhythm. I am just nurturing a talent, right?
I first noticed this love when we turned his car seat around. I was listening to (ahem) Emenim, Crack a Bottle, and the kid busted a move. He can clap on beat and move his legs like he is break dancing in air. He was happy for the entire drive.
Second test came during the bewitching hour between 5-6pm when all kids are miserable and dinner really wants to be on the table. I plugged in my ipod and turned up the surround sound. He stood at the coffee table bouncing and laughing. Saaaweettt! It was like magic!
Now I play music all the time. So much so that I know his favorite songs are Flo Rida, Right Round and Pitbull, I know you want me. He does a special shimmy for these favs. Cracks me up every time. He also likes Boom Boom Pow by the Black Eyed Peas. His middle name is William so I enjoy telling him “Will-I-Am drop the beat now”!
Do you think his first words will be be a run of rhyming lyrics scattered with bleeps that make no real sense? Honestly, if it keeps him happy, I am fine with that.