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18 Rap Songs Appropriate for Kids

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A complete rap and hip-hop playlist that is totally toddler- and teen-friendly

9. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis — "Same Love" featuring Mary Lambert

A song with a beat and a message: Macklemore advocating for marriage equality with a catchy beat. You'll feel good about sharing this one with your kids. Maybe it will even spark a much-needed conversation with your children, yet one that's hard to segue into, about some very important subjects.

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10. Vanilla Ice — "Ice Ice Baby"

Word to your mother. Good luck keeping your son from wanting a flattop now.

11. Estelle — "1980"

Our girl Estelle, generally an R&B artist, brings her coming-of-age tale into the rap category with this great track that has passion, intimacy and some pretty great lyrics.

12. Lupe Fiasco — "Kick Push"

This Grammy-nominated song has all the trademarks of Lupe Fiasco's easily recognizable sound and tells the tale of a lovesick skater who gets quite the surprise when he realizes his love interest is a better skater than he is.

13. Common — "Come Close" featuring Mary J. Blige

Common always has a place in our hearts, but there's no way you can't love the twist at the end of this video. It's also a great song to share with your kids — as are many of Common's songs, if you've got older tweens and teens.

14. TLC — "What About Your Friends"

Always a crowd-pleaser. We dare you to try not to sing along with this oldie but goodie. Hairbrush karaoke material right here.

15. Dessa — "Fighting Fish"

Probably one you've never heard of. With a few adult words right at the beginning, this might be tween and up, but it is definitely still one you can feel safe sharing with your kids.

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16. Estelle — "American Boy" featuring Kanye West

Didn't think you could listen to Kayne with your kids?

17. De La Soul — "Me, Myself and I"

This was the jam back in the '90s, and it will make you wonder why you ever stopped listening to old-school hip-hop.

18. The Black Eyed Peas — "I Gotta Feeling"

Another toe-tapper you're gonna love to share. Upbeat, and it might just be the perfect thing to get you and your kids up and out the door in the morning.

We could go on and on, especially with a lot of old-school songs, but what did we miss?

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