Here's a rap I've been working on recently. Finally got around to recording it. Beat by DJ Ray, lyrics by yours truly (apologies for minor swear word at the beginning). And please, put down your cellphones every once in a while.
This is a poem I wrote for a school project related to the book Bread and Roses, Too, by Katherine Paterson. The poem is from the perspective of a boy named Jake who has an abusive father who beats him and steals his money. Jake, later in the book, gives his father a bottle of whiskey to try to avoid being beaten, but his father dies of overdrinking, leaving Jake without a home or family.
Look, when I got home you didn’t have to beat me I know that you were drunk, like always, but you didn’t have to be. I know you hated me. But why? You didn’t have to.
But then again, I always hated you, too. Always hated the drunken scowl across your face. The way you undid your belt slowly before I’d feel its sting again and again, until I couldn’t choke down its pain any longer and your arm couldn’t swing it.