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.
TaMoniques 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, Thats how it was for us theres no getting around it.
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