MP3 El D'Rage - When We Were Kids
El D''rage puts lyrics to the lives of people over 40, then adds lively hip-hop beats that are cool enough for kids.
13 MP3 Songs
SPOKEN WORD: With Music, HIP HOP/RAP: Spiritual Rap
It''s been fifty years since El D''Rage first picked up a guitar and began strummin'' and hummin''. In 1955, his musical tastes ran from "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" to Tennessee Ernie Ford''s "Sixteen Tons". A lot has changed since back then.
The musical background of El D''Rage is the musical background of many a "Baby Boomer". Caught up in the folk revolution of the late 50s, then Elvis, Motown and the Beatles, he is a product of America''s most tumultuous - and exciting - musical era. And "El" has been in the thick of music all his life.
Now, he''s done something exciting; something totally different. El D''Rage has created Elder Rap: a new form of music combining the over-the-top rhythms of Hip-Hop with lyrics fun enough to get seniors jumping (carefully) out of their chairs - and sensitive enough to bring tears to the eyes of strong men.
Elder Rap is about three things:
First, it''s a celebration of two proud generations: The aptly named "Greatest Generation" and their notoriously funky kids, the "Baby Boomers". These two generations have experienced it all - the Great Depression, wars, peace, poverty and riches - and El D''Rage''s rap puts lyrics to their lives.
Second, Elder Rap is all about "unwrapping the rappers." Rap, which originated as a serious attempt to express feelings about life in America''s urban ghettoes, has degenerated into a foul-mouthed expression of all that is wrong with America. Much of it is racist, sexist, obscene, hateful and just plain wrong for our kids. Today''s rap messages are: crime pays; being disrespectful pays: being offensive pays; do your worst and reap the rewards of a nation growing too fat, dumb and lazy to give a hoot. El D''Rage says, "Enough! Parents, WAKE UP! DO YOUR JOB!"
Third, Elder Rap is about teaching the "Three T''s" - teens, twenties and thirties - about the values and experiences of their parents'' and grandparents'' generations. We''ve learned a lot of lessons over the past sixty or seventy years. Listen to us. Pick up a few pointers about how to keep America a great place to live.
El D''Rage and his Elder Rap are moving front-and-center on the American stage. People over forty-five are getting their musical voice back. Give a listen, think about what you''re hearing . . . and spread the word!