Kids Rap Against Bullying
“Bullying is bad, it makes me feel sad.
Bullying is cruel, it’s not even cool.
Bullying is mean, it makes me want to scream.
Try to run away, they catch you every day.
And steal your lunch money, rain or sunny.”
That’s the beginning of a catchy rap created by two 11-year-old boys from Brooklyn, N.Y. – a rap that won an anti-bullying contest sponsored by the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office.
The rappers are Jeremiah Hyde and Nairan (pronounced NYE-ron) Saint Phard. They created the rap when they were fifth graders at Brooklyn’s Public School 119.
“I haven’t really experienced bullying,” Jeremiah said in an interview with New York City TV station WNYW. “But I’ve seen bullying in my school where there would be people calling each other names or criticizing other people because of their religion or what they believe.”
“We would hear from other people about racism and gossiping, thinks like that,” Nairan added. “(So) we wanted to start rapping, make music videos and making speeches.”
With Jeremiah handling the vocals and Nairan supplying the beat, the two combined to create a rap with a strong message: “Bullying must end.”
“Some people cry, some people wanna die – for real,” Jeremiah says. “Instead of learning and concerning, you call people names … Hey bullies, one question: Why do you hit? Why do you kick? Because you think you’re slick?”
“Let’s stop,” he says at the end, “It’s never too late. Give it a shot.”
Nairan and Jeremiah also came up with their own anti-bullying pledge.
“I pledge not to be a bully, to treat kids how I would treat my mother,” they say on their video, one after the other. “I pledge to include kids in all activities, to increase the peace and decrease the war.”
For winning the contest, Jeremiah and Nairan will spend a day with Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes, as honorary assistant prosecutors.
“I wanted to become a professional basketball player,” Nairan told New York City radio station WINS. “But Mr. Hynes convinced me to be a lawyer if basketball doesn’t work out.”
Jeremiah says he wants to be a basketball player, too – either that or a veterinarian. But for now, their game is rapping against bullying.
And their winning video ends with these words of hope: “Kids, I’m sorry you cried. But you will laugh later.”