#DadRappers Is Trending, But What Are We Saying?
Hip-Hop dads are all the rage these days. Late last week, as I finished my column, I hopped on Twitter and saw a trending topic that resonated with me. It was #DadRappers. Folks from all walks of live, but mostly white people, were talking about #DadRappers in a most humorous way on the popular social media platform.
And the stream of wanna-be comedians just didn’t stop! Peep the clownery behind the trend.
Why’d they include Bill Cosby?
Upon further analysis, the whole thing started by kinda late night game show Chris Hardwick who promoted the trend through his show on Comedy Central and Twitter. I’m not even mad, but the Black man in me wanted to know if they knew what I knew!
We are quietly watching our dad rappers do remarkable things in real life with their children. Take this, jokesters!
Young Jeezy and son.
Birdman and son.
Busta Rhymes and son.
That’s right, all of these #DadRappers, and others, posted their sons graduating from either high school or college on their Instagram accounts. Young Jeezy’s (at the top) son Jadarius Jenkins, 17, graduated from Georgia’s RiverWood Academy and is now looking to go to college for his bachelor’s degree. Bryan “Birdman” Williams may not be smiling, and his real life son (No, not Lil’ Wayne) Bryan, Jr. graduated from high school to everyone’s glee.
Busta Rhymes said, “I must say this has 2 be 1 of the if not thee most proudest moments of my life as a man and as a father 2 see my oldest son @tdot25 graduate frm college 2day. I remember when he was 3 yrs. old in the Woo-Hah video and now he’s an incredibly smart and powerful young/grown man. I love u and couldn’t be more proud of u young KING! Now let’s continue 2 secure the Win.”
I hope you love it, dear reader, because I certainly do.
And, while all is not perfect in the world and people of color continue to proclaim #BlackLivesMatter, it feels refreshing to see these #DadRapper’s pushing their kids out into the world with a solid foundation in education. On top of that, there are more Hip-Hop dudes that aren’t promoting their kids academic wins. They are winning, be clear. I am not so rigid that I can’t laugh at a good hashtag, but I also want people to pay just as much attention to the positive things happening in between the tweets. They are happening.