What does God care? Oh, hundreds. Vivian got it. The novel, Little Women, A Tribe Called Quest and other old school hip hop-- we have stories about each of those. And so Viv was, like, on no sleep. This has never been a story I've told all that much. We've arrived at Act Two of our show. And I got to ask John about kind of a variation on this question that I've wondered about for a couple years, ever since the last time I was in synagogue. So she began corresponding with him via her friend. So one of my friends noticed the book at a book fair at our school. I understood a lot of that because that was what was being asked of me at that time, to give up, give up, give up in order to be a woman to live in this society and be married and have a family. She was barely allowed to eat. Her first real taste of mainstream exposure came by way of a song that Adam, who's originally from Massachusetts, wrote for her to perform in a hometown Boston accent. DCOU (rapper) Bancc Tha Blocc (producer) I.Blast (rapper) Le Chum (rapper) Magnum .357 (rapper) VokaB (rapper) Kidd â¦ They thought they were teaching her to be far too independent for a girl. Oh, it's called "Learning to Forget." They pulled her out of school and quickly started arranging her marriage to a 30-year-old man. But I don't believe. And then afterward, Papa would be like, you want to hear something good? There was probably a year, probably two years, where the Stetsasonic record In Full Gear got more play in our house than any other record. That girl Amber, I had to diss her. If you are able, we strongly encourage you to listen to the audio, which includes emotion and emphasis that's not on the page. (RAPPING) Engine, engine, number nine on the New York transit line. My mom stepped in to gather my sister up. Unbeknownst to her, her US parents are trying to find out where she is. So you're staying with us now. You don't go over to an adolescent boy's house ever. Beth is sick. When she heard her family go out, she'd wait and then carefully unzip the mattress pad and take a section of the book out at a time. So I think it's very funny when nowadays, my friends are like, well, you were so meek. This was two or three years ago. At first, she had a hard time coming back to America. Stop it right now. My family's mixed. We may be the only household in North America that can say that, that in the year 2014, we listened to In Full Gear more than any other album. He was smaller than the guy and built like a teenager, but he said loudly to the guy, "Leave her alone." It just seems like after all the work they did to get you to stay and also their plans to marry you off, it just seems crazy that they would let you go back. But it goes back to the '90s when I was living in Pakistan. I'm nice with mine like Dumbledore, so what you want to rumble for? My issue with it is that a billion people who have no--. When I decided to tell this story, I called my mom to check my memory. Well, my adoptive parents had kids. Of course my US parents love me. And he went on with this at such length that at some point, I realized, oh, switching software was not a piece of friendly financial advice. I had a huge, beautiful illustrated copy growing up. And I was like, read this. He kept shouting. It wasn't truly indicative of her skills as an MC because it was more focused on dropping Massachusetts-centric jokes. Vivian recorded under the moniker the Jazz Wolf, a name that she came up with. That the sentiment of that man, even if it was out there, it was shrinking toward some horizon. It's beyond the power of language to capture it. Jo helped Shamyla hold onto the identity her family was trying so hard to squash. Were there parts of the book that you would just read over and over? She was in total culture shock. Pick it up! And I was like, this is going to be really fun. But they can't do much harm to me. I wouldn't say that I totally want Papa to be out of my career as a singer. I hadn't been to synagogue in forever. They loved you like the way people love slippers, like an old used pair of slippers. They must love me. Let me back up for a second. This will help you. She's like, if they're going to do anything to fix your face-- because remember, they cut my face open-- she's like, ask them if they can put a mole down there, like Cindy Crawford. We got a beat from Dug Infinite, an illustrious producer who worked with Common and all kinds of people. The novel, Little Women, A Tribe Called Quest and other old school hip hop-- we have stories about each of those. Like, there's a boy in the book. But then if they loved me, why aren't they coming to get me? : Rap Music and Street Consciousness by Cheryl L. Keyes (2004, Trade Paperback) at the best online prices at eBay! Neil Drumming is one of our producers here. After return order is received by the Wrap Life, please allow 3-5 business days for refund or store credit. Since her mom was the oldest, it was her younger sister's obligation to give her a child. It's beyond the power of any prayer, or word, or song, or praise. I remember after every time they would beat me, I put an X on whatever calendar I had and be like, this will never happen again. Meg, the oldest, is the responsible one. Karmically, I'm untouchable, highly combustible. If anything, it was pat. And this guy was kind of a ruddy, older white man, who, if I had to bet, was maybe 60. And proud father that he is, he wanted more people to know. Rapâs early stars included Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run-D.M.C., LL Cool J, Public Enemy (who espoused a radical political message), and the Beastie Boys. The book follows these girls from childhood into adulthood. It's when Laurie's trying to forget Jo, and he starts falling in love with Amy. Although as a first single, it was a risky (see: WRONG) choice. Tell her-- give her my props. This is at Sentry Foods at 71st and Lisbon. And it really hit me, sitting there-- what does God get out of that? Well, all right, all right. Do I have to change my name? Am I gonna be a star? He was like, you have to learn driving, shorthand, swimming. It was a funny song, but it was a funny song. No, I was sad. I was like, I can do this. Which is how I fell into this long conversation about the literal word of the Bible. Rap is defined as âa type of popular music recited rapidly and rhythmically over an instrumental backing.â Although the rap music industry might have some questionable characters in the mix, there are a lot of rap artists who inspire us with truly spectacular lyrics and life lessons and make for excellent role models. I'm not sure what the difference is. What will I do? That was, like, my fanfiction. And this wasn't even the first time Vivian had stood up to her dad. And reading and calling around in the days since we had that conversation, I've learned that other clergy-- Christian, Jewish, Muslim-- some of them say the same things, especially that God doesn't need our prayers. I was like, you know what? Theresa from Murfreesboro, Tn American Life never got the respect it deserved, the song and the album. Act Two, Daddy Lessons. And so I had stopped so much caring about going home or going back. She's 11 now. I was like, I know this book, and I want it. And we're Jews, so you're supposed to go say Kaddish, this old prayer that's one of the central prayers in Judaism at the anniversary of somebody's death. They had a son. Rap, which originated in African American communities in New York City, came to national prominence with the Sugar Hill Gangâs âRapperâs Delightâ (1979). This ârap duoâ idea just happened to â¦ Within weeks of its release, it had become a chart-topping phenomenon and given its name to a new genre of pop music. Free shipping for many products! 619. Like he's somebody who we're calling on the phone or something when we're praying. This was actual parenting happening. he yelled. In only ten years, she has released two full-length albums, four mixtapes, and two EPs. Transcripts are generated using a combination of speech recognition software and human transcribers, and may contain errors. But sometimes she still returns to Little Women. And be like, yo, so what do you think about this? When we talked, all the details were where I thought they were. Never. She has also worked with some of the biggest legends and newcomers in the business including Kendrick Lamar, Erykah Badu, Raekwon, Big Daddy Kane, Mac Miller, and Big K.R.I.T. [LAUGHS] I'm Jo. I understood that on a level I couldn't even explain. Do you guys remember-- does anyone remember the super complicated song? Adam and Vivian's magical collaboration was not infinitely sustainable. Everybody I know can rhyme, you know? She hadn't slept that night. And my mom said, I'm not going to give her back. I donât expect everyone to agree with my point of view. And also just a sense of letdown, that like wow, maybe we were no longer going to be hanging out after dinner, playing instrumentals and fitting rhymes to them, and practicing, and rehearsing, and cutting scratch demos, and that kind of thing. I never once thought, in the last 30 whatever years, that this story would ever be a political one. Vivian has two younger sisters, and the older of the two at that time was only a few months old and was up crying. This was the first time I realized that someone could do this, that my mother's right to belong was somehow different. His name is Laurie. And Shamyla, a suburban Maryland tween, didn't understand that this was the world she lived in now. Note: This American Life is produced for the ear and designed to be heard. In six years, she'll turn 48, and she doesn't know what she'll do. All these books had come from Singapore, and there was Little Women. She's written a few, and she thinks she could be good at it with a little time and a little help. A pop, techno and folk song, its lyrics feature political and religious views from theâ¦, American Life (Oakenfold Downtempo Remix), American Life (Missy Elliott American Dream Remix). I have written a song and created a video which expresses my feelings about our culture and values and the illusions of what many people believe is the American dream â the perfect life. You're off the rez like Teddy was at Chappaquiddick. Wait. She writes her own poems and adapts them into songs. And her mother and therapist corroborated that her story of being abused has always remained consistent. But their only relatives who weren't in Peshawar were in America. And just interrupt if you know where it is or what this is about. This is a MarvinCalifornia Deutsch Rap | Movies | American Life's Subscriber Count for YouTube.The count displayed on YouTube is often incorrect because it doesn't update in real time. So I never played her anything I wasn't willing to listen to 20 times a day. It's This American Life. I did. And the thing that Adam pulled off gives me some hope. Childish Gambino - This Is America (Official Video) - YouTube But her family found out, and they were terrified that their reputation was going to be destroyed by it. Are you constantly like-- do your friends have a joke, where, like, oh, not another Little Women reference? But "Mush Lobsta" was more like a comedy bit than a banger. Some were the normal rules of an observant Muslim home. 2. And they don't listen, and my husband is so busy. John Legend , Estelle's mentor, came up with the idea that she write a song about meeting an American man. It was the only book I had to escape. "Mrs. March and Jo were deep in their own affairs when a sound from Meg made them look up to see her staring at her note.". They made some songs that never quite went anywhere. So it's almost like your magic eight ball. (RAPPING) Eat a rind and drink a beer, and then I slap a critic. 3. It made me want to maybe want to do more and see where we could take this. 2003 Preview SONG TIME American Life. And we kind of called it-- we cut it short. And it it's just kind of infuriating when you realize how, in some ways, it feels almost like a propaganda for becoming the way you're supposed to be. This 1860-something book is what's happening in Peshawar in 1990. Beth loves Laurie,' she said, sitting down on--". And then Jo came into my orbit and showed me I could have ambition, and be improper, and break the rules. But I thought that because-- I think he would be less angry if he knew I was tired and didn't want to argue. But if you walked into my apartment now, you'd see no evidence of that. Is that a thing that you got right about parenting, or is that a thing that you just did for yourself? We love you. Artists who Adam admired wanted to record with her. And everybody is singing and chanting. Shamyla knew how her family would react if they caught her writing, or if they found her copy of Little Women and read any of it. You can try, but then why? It happened the staffer who drove me to the airport was a retired Methodist preacher, an associate pastor at one of the churches in Chautauqua, named John Jackson. I was like, goodbye, life that I knew. That was the worst one, she says. Like, I can see how that can reshape just everything about how you treat others, and really, everything you do in your life in the world. I was like, oh, that's just regular. Bolstered by all this interest, Adam set out to write Vivian something really special. Because it was something that brought me a lot of joy, both reveling in her skill, but really, more than anything, just spending time together and that feeling of collaboration, which is wonderful when you find it with anybody. What do you guys remember? At this rate, she'd become promiscuous any day now. I never would have thought that was even possible. Her father was an economist, her mom a teacher. He and Jo have an innocent flirtation. Rap music, according to Keyes, is a forum that addresses the political and economic disfranchisement of black youths and other groups, fosters ethnic pride, and displays culture values and aesthetics. I really thought that eventually, I'm going to become that person. But she also told me something I didn't know. So we walked onto the tarmac. Now based in Australia, the two men have forged a friendship rooted in fatherhood, expatriate experiences and Hip-Hop. I will be so good now that this will never happen again. "You stop it. I didn't mean to be like that. Today's show, The Weight of Words, stories about the words that people turn to for comfort or strength. "You're too old to be having a tantrum. This is a story that, honestly, I never imagined I'd tell on the radio. And between all the sampling, and biting, and flipping styles, I've kind of made my peace with cultural appropriation. Bugs can teach us so much more about the world. Yeah, it's very cold-blooded right there. The show wound up not using the song, but Adam couldn't stop listening to it. And I think that-- I think the reason I told him then was that-- this is going to sound really stupid. And so my dad, and my stepmom, and I were at one of the daily services that observant Jews go to every day in Baltimore where I grew up. By the time she got to 17 or 18, she concluded that there's really only one way out to escape her family and maybe even have a happy life. That's very practical of you. A friend at Shamyla's school told her she had a brother that Shamyla could marry who would treat her well. You opened up a powder keg, you freakin' chowder head. American women are loose character and horrible. For years, they fought over this. "American Boy" uses the beat from the song "Impatient" by will.i.am, who also produced "American Boy" and album's previous single, "Wait a Minute (Just a Touch)". Neil, I should say that I had some misgivings about the song. And that made me even more scared. Her mom agreed as a gesture of goodwill. American Life Lyrics: Do I have to change my name? He said, first off, he thinks lots of people make the mistake of picturing God as being like us, like humans. Um, you just need to wait. I mean, [LAUGHS] aren't the two synonymous really, Neil? And he wanted his daughter, Vivian, to love music the way he loved music, exactly the way he loved music. I just have to keep trying. Which, if you don't know what that is, starting in the 1870s, it was this high-minded lecture circuit-- like Ted Talks, but before the internet, or public radio before the invention of radio-- with a big religious component. It's 10 rupees, and I'll pay you back. And I referred her to the chapter of Meg trying to discipline her twins. Back next week with more stories of This American Life. It was filmed before the war started and I do not believe it is appropriate to air it at this time. It's just-- it's familiar. And that's how Shamyla felt. All merchandise must be unworn, unwashed, and in otherwise perfect condition to be considered for return. I remember only the second verse, though. This is his song. And it was difficult for her to get it down. Like, I was, like, the servant or something, watching. I'm glad. I don't why I knew it. We have some other places to go. Two weeks go by, then three. And I would join the world. Meditation, Nature and American Rap: Life in Isolation With Dustin Martin The 28-year-old footballer is one of the AFLâs biggest stars. And I didn't. I can't toss her back. This exposure therapy approach to parenting has been known to fail. For a second, it wasn't clear what the man was going to do. The Baby-Sitters Club books, Little House on the Prairie-- it was all about words and books. I like going back to their childhood and reading that part again and again and again. Even the Kaddish, which you say over and over during services. Practical. And there's nothing Shamyla could do. / Am I gonna be a star? Their father's serving in the Civil War, and their mother is raising them alone. And they're not out yet in society. Attached to the email were two remarkably well produced songs, described in the body of the email simply as Jazz Wolf Heat Rocks. Some of these facts are incredible knowledge, like bees keep flowers and vegetables growing. I'm going to read you some quotes from the book. Well, it comes up in different situations. A couple of years when she was basically held in captivity in Pakistan. For the first few years, she was a mess. "Native Americans grasp that culture of hip-hop because of the struggle," Crow rapper Supaman told NPR. I remember one of the songs that we played a lot was "The Choice is Yours" remix by Black Sheep. Shamyla, not a big fan of part two. That's where you actually got to be Jo. Destiny calling me, honestly [INAUDIBLE] me. He stomped his foot at her to scare her. In other words, chapter 30 when she turned 30, chapter 31 when she turned 31. Just flipping through radio stations in the car and him turning on a radio station, and I was like, oh, yeah, this one. She's all better, asking when she can go back. And then afterward, he's like, you want to hear really fast rapping? And now you have your own children. This gave Shamyla the idea to sneak into her bathroom with a fountain pen and paper and write. Vivian, do you remember this moment at all? I know, it really does. In a way, Little Women was the perfect book for Shamyla's situation because it's like a how-to for girls, a survival guide. And I just want to say yes, the numbers add up the same, no matter what software you use. Five years. Do you know what I mean? Maybe this year, finally, someone's going to fall in love with me. She could hardly speak English. I remember it was hot and sunny, and otherwise, a beautiful day. Nov. 27, 2020. Throughout the decades, hip-hop has produced plenty of songs about emotional darkness and depression. Act One, Go to the Mattresses. And then run into where he keeps his records, and I'm like, oh gosh. Well, there were things that I liked that I could tell him about, but that I didn't feel like there was any point to telling him about because he would tell me all the errors. Recently, Vivian has been getting more into singing. Everything matched. What's it telling me? So the most recent bit of serious parenting that my dad did with me-- and I say this realizing that this might be the very last life lesson he might give me, we are both getting up there in years-- was a protracted month-long campaign to switch from Excel to Quicken to keep track of my personal finances. Let's go explore! You stop it right now." But in a way, what's so interesting is it's so literally like, your way of being Jo was reading about Jo. Like a lot of guys our age, Adam tried his hand at being a rapper when he was younger. I'll tell you how she found herself holed up with only one book in a minute. Because whoever that clerk was, he'd seen what that man was doing, and he'd stepped in. And I was like, but I like that. That's in a minute on Chicago Public Radio when our program continues. This American Life is produced in collaboration with WBEZ Chicago and delivered to stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange. Like, I would join in. My answer is Little Women is my all time favorite book. She runs her own practice as a therapist and social worker. One time, I was playing him a song from Hamilton, where someone was rapping really fast. She explained: I have decided not to release my new video. And so Shamyla's family came up with a solution, one that's not unusual in Pakistan. I'm glad to hear that. Vivian's dissatisfaction with how Adam was steering her rap career goes back long before this night-- back many car rides, in fact. "American Life" is a song by American singer-songwriter Madonna. And the third topic was so here's what you're going to do when you get married. I also remember feeling, for the first time ever, that my mom was in danger, not the normal kid feeling that your parents are kind of an unshakable raft of security. 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