Hip-hop has long been a cultural force that has influenced people from all walks of life. Its music, fashion, art and overall attitude have made their way into mainstream culture, but one area where Hip-Hop’s influence has flown below the radar is fatherhood.
The truth of the matter is fatherhood has been and continues to be a big theme in the music. With songs like Kendric Lamar’s “Father Time,” Nas’ “Daughters,” and Jay-Z’ “Glory” which fetured his then two day old daughter Blu Ivy’s voice and won her a Guinness World Record as the youngest person to have a song on any Billboard chart. We can’t forget DJ Khalid’s Father of Asahd album, named after his first born. Even behind the scenes rappers have found ways to use their role as parents to set their children up for generations. Take Nas for example. His daughter Destiny is credited as an Executive Producer on his album Stillmatic so she can get royalties for life. She was only seven years old when he made that move. These are just a few ways rappers make the best fathers.
In his new book, “The Ten Dad Commandments: Fatherhood Through the Lens of Hip-Hop,” Esteban Serrano, a veteran music journalist, television producer (YO! MTV Raps, TRL) and father of three, explores the connection between the culture and fatherhood. Drawing on his experiences as both a rap enthusiast and a father, Esteban shows how the two have more in common than you might think.
At its core, Hip-Hop is about determination, resilience, and the ability to overcome obstacles. These are also essential qualities for fatherhood. In “The Ten Dad Commandments,” Serrano explains how these qualities can be harnessed by fathers to become better parents and role models.
Serrano has been leading the conversation about fatherhood in hip-hop for years through his work in television and via his podcast, “RAP DADS.” In the book, he shares many of his conversations and experiences with rappers and their children, as well as his own experiences as a father. He also draws heavy inspiration from Notorious B.I.G.’s life, lyrics and classic record “Ten Crack Commandments,” using it as a framework for his own “Ten Dad Commandments.”
The book is not just another parenting book. It’s a book that speaks directly to fathers at all stages of their journey. Whether you’re a new dad or a seasoned veteran, Serrano’s book provides practical advice and wisdom that can help you become a better father.
So if you’re a Hip-Hop fan and a father, or if you know someone who is, “The Ten Dad Commandments” is a must-read. It’s a book that not only celebrates the connection between Hip-Hop and fatherhood but also provides valuable insights that can help you become the best dad you can be. Get your copy today and join the conversation about fatherhood in Hip-Hop at RapDads.com.