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This new children’s book—based on food-based lyrics from artists like Cardi-B and Lil’ Wayne—is perfect for hip-hop fans young and old.

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Rap and hip-hop artists talk about all kinds of things in their lyrics. But one thing that always seems to come up is food. Just like kids, rappers seem to always be thinking about their next meal. Now there’s a children’s book that brings food and hip-hop culture together. 

A bright and playful board book, Everybody Eats is filled with rap lyrics that mention food on one page, and the meal in question on the next page. (So, yes. Next to Cardi’s line “I got a baby, I need some money / Yeah I need cheese for my egg,” there’s an egg, sunny side up, with slices of cheese hovering nearby.)

Illustration by Casielle Santos-Gaerlan

Designed for children aged 0 to 4 years old, and featuring 32 pages of original illustration, Everybody Eats is a perfect addition to your little’s library. 

Syreeta Gates (founder of the hip-hop culinary competition brand Yo Stay Hungry) created the book, and Casielle Santos-Gaerlan’s illustrations are a perfect compliment to each lyric.

A love for hip-hop is at the heart of the book, down to its release date: May 21, known in Brooklyn as “Christopher ‘Notorious B.I.G’ Wallace Day” in honor of the slain rapper’s birthday. 

“We were inspired by Biggie’s quote ‘I was just tryin’ to make some money to feed my daughter,’” Syreeta explains in a press release. “We love the kids, so we wanted to have them tap in one time for the culture.”

With Everybody Eats, parents and caregivers can share a love of food and music with their little ones as they rap their way through each page. 

Pre-order a copy of Everybody Eats here.

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Satya Nelms is mater mea’s managing editor. She is a writer and community builder. She lives with her best friend and four littles just outside of Philadelphia.


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