A New Book Will Teach Kids Their ABCs AND The Importance Of Hip-Hop History
“Back to school season” is heavily upon us. Hip-Hop has increasingly become an integral part of grammar school teachers’ pedagogy, and many rappers have contributed to academia with their own children’s books. Lordz Of Brooklyn MC, tattoo and graffiti artist Michael “Kaves” McLeer has co-authored a new children’s book with former Jive Records executive/Ill Bill manager Howie Abrams for pre-school and kindergarten students.
The 32-page book is titled Hip Hop Alphabet with each page dedicated to individual letters A-through-Z illustrated in graffiti. The letters per page are represented by caricatures and brief descriptions of iconic 1980s and ’90s Rap acts including A Tribe Called Quest (“A”), Run-D.M.C. (“R”), Wu-Tang Clan (“W”), iconic Hip-Hop music video show Yo! MTV Raps (“Y”), and other various elements of culture including DJs (“D”), Graffiti (“G”), and Underground (“U”).
According to the book’s foreword written by Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of Run-D.M.C., “Hip Hop Alphabet combines the wit and words of Hip-Hop with the artistic mastery of graffiti (our art) to provide a creative, educational experience for young and old alike.” This beckons to be a piece for parents and kids, teachers and students, and Heads of all ages.
Ambrosia For Heads presents the first three pages (“A,” “B,” and “C”), featuring beloved groups A Tribe Called Quest, Beastie Boys, and Cypress Hill:
Kaves rose to fame as a leading member Lordz Of Brooklyn in the mid-’90s. The group worked with D.I.T.C., Everlast, and Busta Rhymes, and are best remembered for their 1995 American Records single “Saturday Night Fever.” Lordz of Brooklyn is also known for their own Fuse reality TV show The Brooklyn Way, which focused on the lives of Kaves, his brother and Lordz co-member ADM. He has designed various tattoos, artwork, and logos within the Hip-Hop community.
Hip Hop Alphabet releases in October.