One of the fun things about blogging has just been seeing how people come across the site. A while back I posted an mp3 of one my students, Nagi, singing/rapping. I called the post, "Best. Rapper. Ever." To this day, I get at least three or four visits everyday from someone apparently looking to Google for the answer to that great debate...who is the best rapper ever? Apparently the debate has taken off in the past couple of months. After I put up that post a couple of months ago, I was on the first page of a google search for "best rapper ever"...now I come up on the third page
I always wish I could see the reaction of people who come to this site looking to find the best rapper ever, and I wonder how many actually listen to Nagi's "At School" rap, and where she ends up on their lists.
Anyhow, I had quite a few requests for more Nagi, but you know, I'm trying not to overexpose her...she just started kindergarten this week so she's got a pretty full schedule. Here is the clip from when she was 2 that I referred to in my first Nagi post.
She didn't have much command of English at the time (or her mother tongue Japanese for that matter), but listen to her rap in English anyhow, mimicking the intonation. You can make out "Clifford" and "Elmo" here and there. And it's all freestyle, no editing.
Listen to her rhythm...Nagi has developed in to a really great reader, mostly on her own, and I'm pretty convinced that there is a connection between her sense of rhythm and her advanced reading abilities, one more reason to instill a love of music in young children.Related Posts: Be Yourself Best. Rapper. Ever.