Little Egypt Dean And Why You Should Stop Telling Your Children What They Can’t Do
Last night was another good night for Hip Hop as Kendrick Lamar released a new, surprise album called untitled unmastered. Any Kendrick fan knows that it is a sonic and lyrical treat. The boy doesn’t play.
And now that the secret is out, information about its completion is seeping out. Chief among the truth spillers is super producer Swizz Beatz. Beatz himself wasn’t involved in the project, his 5-year-old son Egypt Dean was.
Following in both his mother and father’s footsteps, the little one produced the second to last track on Lamar’s album, which is, as the album name suggests, untitled. It’s just track number 7.
Understandably proud of his son, Swizz got on Instagram to talk about his son’s contribution to the project.
It should have been a moment for us all to marvel at this Black Excellence, wrapped in such a tiny package. Instead, when Beatz’s post was shared by The Shade Room, the comments were alarmingly negative.
People said things like, Yeah, and when I was 2 I competed in the World Cup. or At 5 years old, you can’t even read. How he produce a whole song? or At five years old, you don’t even have all of your motor skills.
Basically, various ways to state that Swizz Beatz was lying on his son’s actual talent and capabilities. Instead of taking Egypt’s talent as an inspiration, these people likely looked at themselves and became discouraged. Doing the hard work to accomplish your own dreams is much harder than tearing someone else down on social media, even if that someone else is a child.
I don’t know if he read the comments on The Shade Room or he just wanted to stunt a little bit more, but later he included two more videos showing little Egypt putting the song together. And he made sure to note that he had no help.
Check him out.
None of us were there when the song was produced but I’m inclined to believe Swizz. Children are brilliant and sadly it’s the people closest to them who extinguish that light. I can’t remember who stated the very real fact that “Parents kill more dreams than anybody.” The same parents who will watch their children take their first steps before they turn a year old, become fluent in a language before two and sing all the words to their favorite song on the radio, will turn right around and doubt that child’s gifts and abilities believing that they’re too young, too unskilled and inexperienced to exceed the limits of their parents’ expectations. Interestingly enough, when these same people see young child prodigies on Ellen playing classical piano, we applaud that. Not really believing that their child is capable of the same.
And frankly, the wrong way to raise a child you want to make a difference in the world. The thing about doubting or stifling a child is that the words don’t expire once they are actually old enough to achieve some of the very things you, their parent, believed they couldn’t. Your negative words, predictions and attitudes stay in their heads and create doubts within themselves. We can all understand that basic law of physics. Energy cannot be created or destroyed; rather, it transforms from one form to another.
That’s the very same thing many of us are subconsciously doing with our children, transferring our negative energies. The world doesn’t even have to work to get to our children. Their lights have been dimmed or dismissed before they ever left the house. It’s time we start asking ourselves, what could they achieve if we saw things differently?
If their actions are not going to endanger or harm them, stop telling your children what they can’t do.