Rockstarism #188 – Rap Music Rockstarisms

With Black Eyed Peas' Someday playing in the background, Rockstar looks up from his Lego...

Rockstar: Weird song, Mum. Weird. I like weird.

Me: Because you are -?

Rockstar: Weird. <Turns back to Lego>


Then I recently settled on an old Will Smith/ DJ Jazzy Jeff's Greatest Hits album as the "cleanest" source of rap I could find thus far...

Rockstar: Mum. What's a whack-jam?

Me: Erm.... erm.... a figure of speech? A way of speaking? (It turns out to be something like a fake accent when I check later..)

Background rap: "sun setting in the S-K-Y"

Rockstar: What are they talking about??

Me: Sky, darling. Sun setting in the sky. But they need a 3-syllable word and "sky" is only one syllable but if you spell it - <thinking: OMG what am I letting myself in for?!>

Rockstar: They're rhyming! (He was doing rhyming in school recently; it's still one of our popular car games)


Rockstar: He's like 4th of July- why?

Me: He's happy, darling. 4th of July is a special day in America (I didn't say "The States" because his map of the world says "America"... small thing, but it seems quite useful in getting him to remember/ put two and two together when I talk to him) where they celebrate with fireworks... Like when we had fireworks at CNY... So this guy's girlfriend invited him in to play and it makes him happy and he feels like celebrating.

Rockstar: <nodding in comprehension> (Classmate) is not my girlfriend now. (I used to refer to one of his classmates as his girlfriend, just cos I thought it sounded cute)

Me: Why, you guys fought about not sharing things or pushing?

Rockstar: Noo... I don't like that her nose is always running. (I was a little ??!!) But Mum. Something happened in school. I tell you what words to say.... Ok? Write this: "Rockstar was eating apple for snack after school. (Same girl classmate) said bye-bye so I said bye-bye back and then she gave me a hug." (Unusual - he is very much not a huggy child.)

Me: So I take it you don't mind the runny nose when you get a hug. You liked the hug?

Rockstar: <smiling> Yes.

Me: (After typing on my phone - and yes, he tries to check I wrote the exact words down) Do you think Mummy could just listen to some songs for awhile and you can ask questions later please?

Rockstar: If you play Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer I don't have anything to ask hee hee.


After playing the song in a loop maybe 5 times...

Rockstar: Mum. You need to change the song. Because I want to go outside. But I like this song. If you keep playing it I can't go outside because I have to listen to it.

So "Act Cute" It's Almost Ridiculous...

Ok this one's better

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About Aileen

I blog about living and raising my son in Hong Kong - where toddlers have entrance interviews, parents keep test score spreadsheets, private school debentures can trade for more than half a million USD. Raising Rockstar's the most important thing I'll ever do. We show our true colors by the choices we make in bringing up our children. My blog is a message to my toddler son, about what the world and his parents are like today - for when he becomes a teenager and knows everything.
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  • zmun2

    Wow, Rockstar is so young, yet he is taught about rhyming. No wonder people says that the schools here is lagging behind.

    Haha, the photo of him in the huge pumpkin tea cup is so cute!

    Does he like CNY songs? Those with pretty little girls singing with loud tong tong chiang music.

    • Aileen

      Oh really? I hadn’t thought about what they teach at this age in Malaysia.. Rockstar likes singing a couple of the Gong Xi songs and he has a favorite Cantonese song about laughing all your life, sung to a popular English song tune (but I forget the English name)…

      He has no feelings re cute little girls prancing about to the tong chiang music except ages ago he declared he never wanted to be one of them 😀