Word to your mom

I’ve never met a rapper that wasn’t a mama’s boy. In fact, pretty much every dude I know in hip-hop worships his mother.(a) Almost to a person, these guys grew up with single moms. As did I.(b) I can tell you from experience that watching a woman struggle on her own to handle her family’s biz is an amazing thing.(c) So it’s no surprise that single mothers tend to inspire fierce devotion. And it’s no surprise that there’s truckloads of hip-hop tracks out there dedicated to moms.(d)

I was thinking about all this yesterday, and I started to wonder about something. It’s obvious that hip-hop shows mothers a lot of love. But how do mothers feel about hip-hop?

Now, I’m not talking about suburban soccer moms, Tipper Gore wannabes, or Republican church hens. I have an idea how they feel about hip-hop and it’s not something I care to give any airtime to. (Who said musical taste isn’t tied to world view? Who?)

I’m not talking about rappers’ Baby Moms either, cause that’s a whole other ball of wax.

What I am talking about is the women who birthed and raised the folks currently in hip-hop. I’m talking about the mommas of rappers, DJs, producers, promoters, b-boys, graff writers, label peeps and even reporters.

Aside from a few high-profile moms—Ms. Wallace and Ms. Shakur (much respect to both)—you don’t really hear from hip-hop mothers a lot.(e)

I wanna know: What do they think of hip-hop? Are they with Oprah? Or are they proud of their baby’s form of expression? Do they encourage their offspring to go to school and get a conventional job—but support them anyway when they do the opposite (ala Ms. West)? How do they feel about the sexism? Do they worry about the violence that dogs hip-hop? What do hip-hop’s mamas make of it all?


(a) Except Marshall, but I’ve never interviewed him.

(b) Shout out to my Mom. I love you.

(c) I’m with Saigon on this one: “They could never give enough cheddar to me/To talk about the lady that made me negatively.”

(d) A couple years ago, Room Service put out a DJ Emskee and DJ Imperial mixtape for Mother’s Day called Turn This Mother Out. There’s loads of blog lists of Top Mama Songs out there, too, although I like this one best.

(e) Respect to Dilla’s mom Ms. Yancey as well, who is working to raise awareness on Lupus.

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  • http://rockthedub.blogspot.com khal

    thx for that momma songs link. i got stuck making my mom one.. now i have more ammo. THANKS!

  • http://www.myspace.com/geoffdilkes G Off

    Jay-Z was on 60 Minutes a few years ago and they walked through Marcy with his mom and the reporter. She said she liked his music, but would prefer if he used better language. It made me think that she probably hasn’t heard a lot of his music and chooses to listen to the more radio friendly singles.

    Rappers have a way with words and I’m sure they convince their mommas that they are different from the other rappers.

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  • http://www.ohword.com rafi

    I caught my wife crying while watching Kanye perform “Hey Mama” on MTV2.

  • http://myspace.com/cirespot Yung “Cee-Eye” So Fly

    Yea shouts to mom dukes

  • rec

    “Hate no one, but love only a few…Yeah. Mom Dukes”

  • http://www.facebook.com bama

    song’s that rapper’s make for their mother’s are some of the best song ever remember Tupac’s DEAR MOMMA! LOVE THAT SHIT

  • Sheila Brown

    Mothers of the Hip Hop Generation

    There is a Rumor that T-Pain’s Mother and Cousin, and Daz Dillinger’s Mother, and Snoop Dogg’s Aunt, and Cousin by marriage have started an organization called the Mothers of the Hip Hop Generation and that they are quickly getting a lot of support from Executives in the Music Industry, Several Key Rappers, and Key Politicians.

    Here is the skinny:

    The Mothers of the Hip Hop Generation is an organization to streamline and place images and lyrics received in hip-hop and other hip-hop influences in perspective, for the audience. But also, they are not going to only hold conferences and speak, but they are going to be a full service grassroots organization. In other words, they are not going to say go to school and get your education, they are going to register the child in school and make it easy for them to attend and show them how to excel. Of course, this may or may not not be literal. But it is a great analogy! They will be partnering with local school systems, institutions of higher learning, commercial advertisers, other non-profits, and etc.

    Here is the skinny on the relationship, it’s crazy. Feel free to google these women, they are legitimate in their work. It was interesting when I found this on the net. Just thought you guys wanted to know because I didn’t see anybody talking about it.

    The women or the Hip Hop Mommas are:

    Ms. Cecillia “Ms. CeCe” Morris, Youth Mentor, Veteran On-Air Personality for WQVE Radio (http://www.wqvealbany.com), Health Educator – Cousin to T-Pain and Cousin to Daz Dillinger, by marriage.

    Ms. Aliyah Najm “Momma Pain”, Youth Mentor, Founder of Goldfire Entertainment, Mother to Rapper/Singer, T-Pain.

    Dr. Allean Varnado “Dr. Allean”, Youth Mentor, Evangelist, Gospel Singer, Mother of Rapper/Producer Daz Dillinger of the Dogg Pound, Aunt of Hip Hop Icon Snoop Dogg.

    I first found them on myspace.com.
    Here is the address: http://www.myspace.com/hiphopmommas

    Thought you guys should know…I wish them the best…we need organizations like this. I wish them well. And it’s great to see their mothers take a stand in unity.

    Sheila B.

  • http://mom-me-dearest.com Mommy Dearest

    I so agree, pretty much every Rapper/MC/Lyricist (Expect for Eminem) are all Momma’s boys! And that’s a beautiful thing! But there are also Mom’s, such as myself, who respect and appreciate the voice of a talented and skilled rapper. Not all ordinary Mom’s suffer from rap rage, some of us even have a lyrical voice of are owen. Yes, inspired by God’s son and I ain’t talking about Nas! I’m a hip-hop mom…living in a soccer Mom’s world and I happen to love me some dope Momma Boys.

    God is Love, rap 2,
    Mommy Dearest