Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Mother-Daughter Duo Write ‘Ghetto’ Fabulous Rhymes

BALTIMORE (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A mother-daughter duo in Baltimore are bringing the ‘hood to little kids – through ghetto-inspired nursery rhymes.

Monique Burris and her 17 year-old daughter, TaMonique, have just published Ghetto Rhymes – A Collection of Traditional Nursery Rhymes with a Ghetto Twist (Authorhouse), which they say they was inspired after they started jotting down rhymes about their former life in the ghetto.

TaMonique’s first rapping rhyme was in the fourth grade when she rifted on “Mary Had A Little Lamb.”

The little ditty – which went Mary had a little lamb/ Its fleece was white as snow/ She took him to the slaughter house/ And ordered lamb chops to go – sparked the idea for the book.

There are more than 100 poems, including urban rewrites of “Jack and Jill,” “Pussycat, Pussycat” and one about “Humpty Dumpty” that goes, All Humpty was doing was chillin’ on the wall/ Along came the cops harassing/ Causing Humpty to fall.

Monique, who is now a mortgage broker, points out that lines in the ghettoized Mother Goose rhymes allow people to “laugh at the situation.”

As she puts it, “That’s how it was for us – there’s no getting around it.”

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