Hip hop songs for kids can introduce kids to a new genre of music. Check out these clean hip hop songs that are safe to listen to with your kids in the car! Enjoy your favorite rap songs for kids without worrying about the message your kids are listening to or having a song full of bleeps. Kid friendly rap lyrics can be hard to find, so I’ve done the research for you by finding a full playlist of clean rap songs that are kid friendly.
So, I’ve got this playlist that I use for running. It’s a “get my booty in gear, run up that dang hill, you only have FIVE MORE MINUTES TO GO!” kind of playlist.
It. Is. Awesome.
I tend to also listen to it – or a variation of it, since I have about 10 or 15 – in the car. In a few, I’ve added my kids favorite songs so that after I listen to the Killers’ The Man and Queen’s We Will Rock You for the ten millionth time, I can listen to my own jams in peace.
The problem is, not all of the songs on that playlist are what you’d call, “kid friendly”. Okay, so my pump up songs are liberally sprinkled with expletives and a pounding beat, so sue me. The first song on the play list – which, as soon as I open the Pandora app I use, starts playing immediately, is Drake’s, Make Me Proud featuring Nicki Minaj – with lyrics like, “double d up, h*es, Dolly Parton” it’s not a song I want my kids to hear.
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So while I make a valiant effort to skip ASAP when it came on the speakers, Ryan caught the beat (a boy after my own heart) and lost. his. mind. when I skipped it. With a hope and a prayer, I put the song back on so he would just stop and absolutely yelled over every curse.
Even so, he asks for the “So proud of you!” song pretty regularly.
As with all things parenting, I went through my playlists, hit Google, and scrounged to find some hip hop songs for kids that weren’t packed with curses and horrifying messages. Look, I’m no prude – I’m more Cool Mom Amy Poehler in Mean Girls than Carol Brady, but I do have a gut wrenching fear of my kids screaming out in appropriate lyrics in public or – worse – at school.
Thankfully, I ended up finding a good bit of clean hip hop songs that we could jam to in the car. This playlist consists of kid friendly hip hop songs from 2018 all the way to the 80’s, because I’m a firm believer in exposing my kids to music of all decades and genres!
What makes these clean hip hop songs for kids?
My opinion of a clean or kid friendly song might vary from yours – for me, a clean song that I feel okay having my kids listen to is a song that isn’t an f bomb non stop (or bleeps, since I always choose radio edits!) and where the meaning of the song isn’t OBVIOUSLY terrible. So I leave Hotline Bling on this kids hip hop playlist – yes, it’s about a booty call, but unless they know what that is, then you’re fine.
Just remember – vet any songs on this hip hop for kids playlist. Your definition of clean hip hop songs might be different than mine.
A note about these hip hop songs for kids
- Definitely listen to the songs before you hit play in front of the kids. This ensures you won’t find anything I didn’t or that you’re just not a fan of.
- ALWAYS use the radio edit. I’ve made notes if you should look for a specific version, but in general, radio edit ensure that you won’t encounter any random curses.
- Some have underlying meanings that aren’t that lovely – but honestly, in my opinion, kids just like the beat.
- Early decades are typically cleaner than later decades, so if you’re super anxious, I would stick to the 90’s rap songs for kids.
Hip Hop Songs for Kids – clean hip hop songs playlist
Below you’ll find over 25 clean hip hop songs for kids, varying from recent Drake hits to classic DJ Jazzy Jeff jams. Get ready to have a blast with your kids!
- Finesse – Bruno Mars (not the Cardi B. remix)
- God’s Plan – Drake
- Magic – B.O.B
- Hotline Bling – Drake **
- Hey Mama – Kanye West
- Now or Never – Kendrick Lamar
- I Can – Nas
- All We Got – Chance the Rapper
- Crazy in Love – Beyonce + JayZ
- Pretty Girl Rock – Keri Hilson
- Opposite of Adults – Chiddy Bang
- Happy – Pharrell Williams
- Dynamite – Taio Cruz
- Glory – Jay – Z
- Kick, Push – Lupe Fiasco
- Hold On, We’re Going Home – Drake
- Survivor – Destiny’s Child
- Parents Just Don’t Understand – DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
- Just a Friend -Biz Markie
- Jump – Kriss Kross
- Ice, Ice, Baby – Vanilla Ice
- Stereo Hearts – Gym Class Heroes
- Good Feeling – Florida
- How to Love – Lil Wayne
- I Got a Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
Okay so tell me -what kind of music do you listen to with your kids? Do you have a guilty pleasure? Let me know in the comments!
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