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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this imaginative CD, part of the Rhythm Rhyme Results educational rap music series, tells the stories of famous moments in American history -- along with all the relevant dates and famous quotations -- in an unforgettable rap format that actually sounds authentic.
What's the story?
Song titles like "Redcoats vs. Rebels," "Declaration of
Is it any good?
Rhythm Rhyme Results is able to pack in tons of history facts without being overwhelming. And they've managed to pull off a seamingly impossible feat: the music actually sounds cool. Already a hit on YouTube, the song "44 Presidents" cleverly reminds students that "No presidents are from Wisconsin/not Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, or Johnson…Obama's in the White House now, So hail to the chief and stand up proud!" As always, the performers put their all into their performances, and the songs are energetic and well-produced.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how some songs on the album tell the story of cultural shifts in the United States. "Civil Rights Movement," for example, features the lyrics: "Police dogs and fire hoses/tear gas and broken noses/boycotts, marches, demonstrations/the fight for civil rights throughout the nation." Did anyone in your family participate in the demonstrations of the 1960s? Do they have any stories to tell?