RhymeZweLL Childrens Music
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RhymeZweLL Childrens Music

Quincy, Massachusetts, United States

Quincy, Massachusetts, United States
Band Hip Hop Children's Music




"Zooglobble: Kindiefest 2011: Artists' Showcase in Video and Pictures"

The list of kid-hop artists -- good ones, anyway, is short. Boston artist RhymeZwell made a compelling case for adding his name to that list. Unlike Secret Agent 23 Skidoo (who was in the crowd, nodding his head), RhymeZwell targets a slightly younger set (preschoolers and kindergarteners), so his lyrics aren't quite as intricate as Skidoo's. But he got the crowd moving and cheering, so count me in as intrigued. - zooglobble.com

"Kindiefest 2011 in Words"

In 20 minutes, within 10 probably, two Caucasian youngins from Boston carved out a piece of the very small kid-hop market for themselves. RhymeZwell and DJ Manners impressed everyone in the house on Saturday evening, including the King of Kid-Hop Secret Agent 23 Skidoo who was absolutely feeling the duo’s authentic hip hop vibe. They too have a new album in the pipeline and set themselves up nicely to get that disc noticed, anticipated even. - Out With The Kids - OWTK.com

"RhymeZweLL on New Hampshire Public Radio show Word of Mouth"

Click the link to hear rhymezwell on New Hampshire Public Radio

http://www.nhpr.org/baby-beats - NHPR

"Pens Eye View Interview With RhymeZweLL"

Mr. Tucker Wood: truly an original guy. Wood, also known as RhymeZweLL is perhaps the only human on the planet that can make this claim: he educates our youth during the day… while taking his rhymes to the stage at night. That’s right; the Bostonnative is a nursery school teacher/hop hop performer, making beats that reflect his passion to help and educate his students.

Wondering what an educational and family friendly hip hop artist sounds like? Check out Wood’s latest release, “Nursery RhymeZ”. RhymeZweLL says “This album is my debut children’s record. I really tried to create a hip hop record first and a children’s album second. With that I mean, I did not want to dumb down my lyrics for the kids, I wanted to make something they could relate to. I use all the same style of beats I would for any hip hop record I was recording whether it were for adults or children. I just chose topics kids would find interesting, as well as parents and myself. I still think pirates, space, and snow days are awesome so, you can expect a really fun, upbeat album, that both parents and kids can jam out to!”

You gotta hand it to Tucker – his stuff is good. Real good and unlike some of the stuff we’re hearing today, it’s made for a great purpose. RhymeZweLL will be all over the place in the coming months with shows and TV appearances so keep an eye out and sample “Nursery RhymeZ”. There’s a lot more to get into, so keep reading for all the answers to the XXQ’s.

XXQs: RhymeZweLL – Tucker Wood

PensEyeView.com (PEV): A nursery school teacher and hip hop performer, how would you describe your take on hip hop and what do you feel makes you stand out over the others in both hip hop and children’s music?

RhymeZweLL (R): I guess I would describe my take on hip hop as, tried and true hip hop music for kids. I think it's important to respect how intelligent children are. They don't need to be played DOWN to, they need to be played to, and that’s what I have done with my record. I think in the genre of hip hop I stand out because not many artists are making good hip hop that kids can relate to, and in the children’s music world there isn't much GOOD hip hop for kids that isn't watered down and dumbed down. That's something I really strived to do with Nursery RhymeZ, make a REAL hip hop record, just geared towards kids so they can have some hip hop to relate to.

PEV: Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, what kind of music where you into growing up? Was anyone your main influence?

R: My family is a very musical family. There was, and is, always music playing at my parents house. I grew up listening to a lot of Beach Boys. My father had a lot of records and we would always listen to his LP's. He had a lot of Motown and Soul, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder. Even to this day one of my favorite records is the Blues Brothers Soundtrack. I still listen to that record all the time. As for my main influence in the hip hop world, I couldn't really say if I had a favorite. I got swept up in the entire genre, I loved old school Snoop and Dre west coast hip hop with the dog pound, Tupac, NWA. I also loved Nas, Gangstarr, Lost Boyz, Biggie. I really loved it all. One song that stands out in my life was Hip Hop Hooray, by Naughty by Nature. I remember hearing that song and getting absolutely obsessed with it. I taped it off the radio and would pretend I was them, rockin’ it out around my room.

PEV: Having played in the business for a good time now, what was it like for you when you first started out playing this type of hip hop? Was everyone on board right away?

R: Everyone in my life has always been extremely supportive of everything i do. I have always had a devoted following for my adult hip hop shows and could get a great crowd of friends and family to every show I had. When I made the switch over and played some of my children's hip hop stuff to my friends, they were definitely on board. I think initially they may have thought, "Wait, your making kids hip hop?" But once they heard I'm a Pirate they were with it. Of all my music I have recorded in the past ten years, probably 9 out of 10 of my friends would say I'm a Pirate is their favorite.

PEV: Do you remember the first time you thought to yourself – “I am really onto something!”?

R: I do actually, I recorded the ABC's for my nursery school's end of the year dvd and the parents and kids really went nuts for it. Their kids would watch the dvd over and over again, so I thought, hmmm maybe I should try another track, and then I'm a Pirate came and it was all over. Recording really became fun for me again. There is something about making children's music. It is REALLY FUN. When I got about halfway done with Nursery RhymeZ, I tested it out at school in my music class and the kids danced like crazy and I knew I had something.

PEV: With that, what can fans expect from a live RhymeZweLL show?

R: Fans can expect a lot of energy. I move around a lot. There will be explosions, fireworks, a jumbotron, 27 dudes onstage all with microphones yelling... Not really, but they can expect a real hip hop show, no gimmicks, just lots of crowd participation, dancing. Almost every show I have had, a dance party has broken out. So you never know.

PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage?

R: Rock this crowd!

PEV: What do most parents think when they see someone incorporating hip hop and rap into positive learning for their children?

R: I think they are into it. I have had a tremendous amount of positive feedback from parents at my school and around the area. I think this generation of parents grew up with hip hop as a primary genre of music. So to be able to share hip hop with your kids is something they have embraced and they are all really supportive of what I am doing.

PEV: What was the underlining inspiration for your music? Where do get your best ideas for songs?

R: Almost every song from Nursery RhymeZ is taken directly from interactions with kids at school. They provide the most amazing inspiration for me personally because they are so open to everything and so open to learning. I pay very close attention to what they say to each other and to me and I use that when creating my songs. Certain situations we have at school provide inspiration and opportunities for me to teach something, for example, in the track It's a Snowday. The bridge says, "Snow pants, boots, jacket and hat, finish with your mittens, and that will be that." This is an ongoing struggle to get a class ready to play outside and there really is a specific order to dressing. The children repeat this rhyme while getting ready and it really expedites the process. And I'm sure any parent can agree, it IS A PROCESS.

PEV: Tell us about your latest release, "Nursery RhymeZ". What can fans expect from this work?

R: This album is my debut children’s record. I really tried to create a hip hop record first and a children’s album second. With that I mean, I did not want to dumb down my lyrics for the kids, I wanted to make something they could relate to. I use all the same style of beats I would for any hip hop record I was recording whether it were for adults or children. I just chose topics kids would find interesting, as well as, parents and myself. I still think pirates, space, and snow days are awesome so, you can expect a really fun, upbeat album that both parents and kids can jam out to!

PEV: What has been the most surprising thing that has come from sharing your music?

R: I guess the most surprising thing would be the way the kids absorb it like sponges. Daily, I have kids singing lyrics from my songs at school, and talking to me about my music. It's really amazing just how intelligent these kids are and also just how receptive they can be.

PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about RhymeZweLL?

R: I play the bagpipes. That's probably pretty surprising.

PEV: Was there a certain point in your life when you knew that music along with teaching was going to be a career for you?

R: I can remember being in high school and taking an Early Childhood Education Class and absolutely loving it. We got to intern at a day care and I really loved being with the children. They have such a refreshing and innocent look at life, it really is awesome. I knew then that I would probably do something with teaching, that is of course if my career in the NBA didn't pan out. As far as music is concerned I have always been making music almost my whole life and to be able to STILL be doing that, and making a little money from it is pretty great. I always dreamed of being famous and in a band or something, so it’s nice to be doing it for real. Not that I am even remotely famous but...

PEV: What one word best describes RhymeZweLL?


PEV: Not that we condone fighting whatsoever, but who would win in a fight, you or the Wiggles?... Tell me, it’s you!

R: Come on with that question! It’s not even a contest, with my years of beating up children’s musicians, it would be nothing to take on the Wiggles in true Karate style!

PEV: Is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?

R: I would love to go overseas and rock out in Europe. I think they are very receptive and supportive of American hip hop over there, so it would probably be a great time. Also it would be nice to get to California. With the 4 feet of snow we have here, i think i could handle some 75 degree weather right about now!

PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career?

R: They have been extremely supportive of me in all my endeavors. My parents get to almost every show I have, and always want to hear my new songs. It’s really amazing just how supportive they are. Thank you so much Mom, Dad, Mac, Cami, Lauren, Dean, Bobby, Wooves!! Love you guys, here's your shout out!!!

PEV: What can we find you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?

R: Good question, aside from making music, you can find me cooking. I love to cook. I also enjoy being out taking photographs; one of my favorite hobbies is Photography. I love spending time with friends and family, and watching movies, listening to music and just generally enjoying my life with the people I love.

PEV: Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?

R: You should check out Flooky and the Beans. They have a really cool concept behind their band, and they make great music for children. www.flooky.com. Also one other to look for is Little Groove - Sarah Wheeler she teaches music classes all around Boston and makes great music for kids. www.littlegroove.com

PEV: If you weren’t playing music now what do you think you would be doing as your career?

R: Man that is a great question. I would love to own a local little breakfast place. I LOVE breakfast. I could see myself owning a spot like that, again, if my NBA career didn't work out!

PEV: So, what is next for RhymeZweLL?

R: What's next for RhymeZweLL is a bunch of shows, some TV performances, and general promotion of my new record Nursery RhymeZ. I am currently halfway done with my second kids record so I’ll be busy recording the rest of that as well. Got some music videos in the works and who knows maybe a tour. Hopefully a record contract with a huge signing bonus. You know, the usual. But for now, Nursery RhymeZ is out for digital download on Amazon and iTunes. Physical copies can be purchased from my website www.RhymeZweLL.com or from CDBABY.com. Also my cd release party is Sat. February 12th, 2011 in Newton, MA. details are on my website. So busy!

BUY NURSERY RHYMEZ at www.RHYMEZWELL.COM!! - Richie Friedman - Penseyeview.com

"RhymeZweLL Keeps it True to Hip Hop & The Kids"

December 20, 2010 | by Skope Staff

If this week is not one of the most exciting weeks of the year I do not know what is. Being that Christmas starts on Friday night I wanted to bring on a guest that is real hip hop but he speaks to the kids. When I first heard of Rhymezwell I had my doubts, but was I wrong. This is not just a feature on another emcee with dreams of fame & fortune. Rhymezwell uses his lyrical ability to teach his class of 3-5 year olds everyday at the nursery school he works at in MA. He even offers a FREE MP3 of “I’m A Pirate” and his album ‘Nursery Rhymez’ will be out in 2011. For all the parents out there, this interview might teach you a thing or two!
Stoli: Where are we talking from today and where will you be spending New Years?
RhymeZweLL: We are talking from Boston, Massachusetts, where I live. And where ever it is that you live? As for New Years, I will be performing on New Years Eve in Needham, Massachusetts. The Needham Arts Council is putting on an event called “New Years Needham” It’s a bunch of various shows and parties and events for the kids on New Years Eve. I’m performing at a great venue called Creative Movement and Arts Center in Needham, Massachusetts at 1:30PM. So if you’re around, come and check It out. It’s for the kids, but it’ll be a good time for the whole family. After that I will be spending a chill evening on the couch with friends. Been there done that when it comes to going out on new years man. Amateur Night.
Stoli: At what age did you start writing rhymes and what would you talk about?
RhymeZweLL: Good question, I guess I started writing rhymes in 7th grade so whats that like 12 or something? I really started getting into hip hop around then and it was a great way to NOT be paying attention but still look like I was in school. That’s a great message for the kids. When I first started writing, I would write about guns and gangsta stuff I wasn’t REALLY doing but that’s because that’s all I knew really with hip hop. And I was 12 so… How do I know? I had that Deep Cover record with Snoop and Dre. That’s what I listened to and I would just copy that sorta stuff. I wish I still had those tho, that would be comedy gold I’m sure.
Stoli: Who are two hip hop artists that had the most impact on you to become an emcee as well?
RhymeZweLL: I would have to say Snoop is one of them. Like I said one of the first tapes I had was Deep Cover and I bumped that for EVER. That’s all I would listen to. The other would be Redman. When I was in high school Muddy Waters was my absolute favorite. It still is. Redman’s lyric are so crazy and he has so much energy. He’s definitely one of my top emcees of all time.
Rhymezwell “I’m A Pirate” MP3:
Stoli: You are a nursery school teacher as well. At what point did you come up with the idea merging your rhymes & the children that youn teach?
RhymeZweLL: I’ve been recording and performing hip hop for the better part of ten years out here in Boston. About three years ago I took a job as a Nursery School Teacher in Newton, Massachusetts. For three years I spent the majority of my day with 3, 4 and 5 year olds. It was a very natural progression. I believe good songwriters write their music based on their environment and their life going on around them. Since I was hanging with kids I thought, “Maybe these kids would want some REAL hip hop music they could relate to?” There certainly is not much on the radio for kids nowadays. So with that in mind, I just started choosing topics I thought kids would enjoy and started writing. I didn’t have to change anything really because there was no need to water down the lyrics, kids are super intelligent. They don’t want to be mocked.
Stoli: I love your song, “The Clean Up.” What inspired you to write that song?
RhymeZweLL: Haha, I wrote that song based on events that happen at school right around clean up time. The kids never want to end the projects and activities they’re doing because they’re having fun. So I wanted to try and make clean up fun by rocking a song about it. It’s catchy and it’s also a good cue for when it’s time to stop playing and start cleaning up.
Stoli: Your beats are tight. What producers are you working with and what do you listen for in a beat?
RhymeZweLL: Thank you, I actually produced the entire album myself. I enlisted the help of my man Christian Soule for one track, “I Love Music featuring Wordsmith” but I produced the rest myself, here in my apartment. When I’m picking a beat or making a beat, I really just start banging out a drum beat and see where it goes. If I get an idea for the concept of the song pretty early on, then I know I’ll just keep going with it. I have a lot of unfinished beats… I really just look for something that gives me an idea for a song.
Stoli: Does your beats selection and vocal sound throw people off after they hear what your are talking about in your rhymes?
RhymeZweLL: Haha yeah I think so, a little. When I first played ‘I’m a Pirate’ for some of my friends they were like, “This is sick, wait this is about pirates?” You know they were just, kind of, listening to it probably just humoring me. But then they heard the “AARRGH” and got on board with it. Pun intended
Stoli: Do you feel hip hop can be used as an educational tool and does the genre have a bad reputation?
RhymeZweLL: I absolutely feel that hip hop can be used as an educational tool. I use it everyday at school. Think about what we learned in school, Mother Goose, Aesop. They were all Rhymes. Essentially, that’s hip hop just minus the beats.
I definitely feel it has a bad reputation but I also feel that it earned that reputation. I don’t honestly feel that there is much positive music out there on the radio as far as children are concerned. There is a lot of money, drugs, violence, and objectifying of women… That’s why I recorded ‘Nursery RhymeZ.’ I wanted to give the kids a REAL hip hop record full of stuff they can relate to, because they’re not getting it on the radio and on TV.
Stoli: I was very impressed with your album ‘Nursery Rhymez.’ Where did you record that and how long were you writing the songs?
RhymeZweLL: I recorded this album for about a year, maybe a little more. I started off writing it slowly just for fun, a few tracks here and there. Then it really started to take off, and the kids at school were loving it. I really got into it and just began rattling off tracks at a feverish pace. Haha, not really but, I really started enjoying it more and more as I got into it. I actually recorded and mixed the entire album myself in my apartment in my makeshift ‘booth of truth.’ I had it mastered by Kevin Salem of Little Monster Records. Shout out to Kevin!!!
Stoli: Do you write the lyrics before you choose the beats or vice versa?
RhymeZweLL: 99.9% of the time I write the song to the beat. I like to get the feel of the beat and have that dictate how the song will go. There were a few special occasions that I have had an idea for a song and so I wrote it to a metronome, but the majority of the time I have the beat and then I write to that.
Stoli: Does it bother you if people don’t take you seriously as an emcee due to your image and subject matter before hearing you spit?
RhymeZweLL: No matter where you go or what you do, people will judge you. People will assume things about you by how you look or talk or where you’re from. That’s life. I like to let my music speak for itself. Bottom line is, the music is not for those people that will judge based on appearance. The music is for the kids, so they can have some hip hop to have fun with and relate to.
Stoli: Do you have children and will you pass on your passion for hip hop to them?
RhymeZweLL: I do not have any children. I hope to one day, but not now. If I do, I will absolutely pass on my love for hip hop. Maybe they will feel how I feel, maybe not. No matter what they want to do tho, I will support them 105%. Just like my parents did. Hi Mama RhymeZ! Hi Dad!
Stoli: What is coming up for Rhymezwell and where you at online?
RhymeZweLL: As for me, “NURSERY RHYMEZ’ my debut album, will be released on February 8th, 2011. It will be available for download via Itunes and Amazon and also hard copies will be sold thru my BRAND NEW WEBSITE www.RhymeZweLL.com thats www.RhymeZweLL.com. Also on February 12th I will be having my CD release party in Lower Newton Falls, MA. Check the website for details on that, but all proceeds from tickets will be benefiting a fellow teacher who is running the Boston Marathon for the Dana Farber Institute. It’s a great cause, so check the website and come and party.
Other than that, there’s the New Year’s show and whatever else I can get my hands on! I’m excited for the release and for the New Year. I’m already recording my next album as we speak, so I have a couple real exciting special guests on the album I’m getting ready to record with in the near future, so, I’m busy with that and with teaching. I teach a hip hop recording class to middle school kids twice a week on top of nursery school, so between this and that I have a lot going on. Busy Busy!!! Big thanks to Stoli, and Skope Magazine for the interview. Thanks to Foley Entertainment Inc. CHECK www.RHYMEZWELL.com!! - Skope Magazine


Nursery RhymeZ -RhymeZweLL- released February 8th, 2011.
available at http://www.rhymezwell.com

- In rotation on Portland Maine's WMPG 90.9FM 104.1FM - Chickens are People 2 Saturdays 8-9AM

-Im a Pirate- Featured on Kindiecast episode 2. http:www.kindiecast.com



10 years in the Boston underground hip hop scene have set the stage for the greatest record release since RhymeZweLL's last album. Rewind 1 year to 2011, the good old days of Children's Hip Hop, RhymeZweLL releases his debut KidZ-Hop album Nursery RhymeZ to rave reviews from both parents and children alike. Upon hearing the lead single “I'm a Pirate,” one wide-eyed five year old girl exclaimed, “AAAARRRRGGGGHHH....” RhymeZweLL agreed. Nursery RhymeZ began making waves in the kindie music scene, almost immediately. RhymeZweLL was invited to perform in the industry-only showcase at the Super Bowl of children's music “Kindiefest” as well as performances on Delaware 28's “Tim Qualls Show” and the New Hampshire Public Radio program “Word of Mouth.” Fast forward to 2012 , RhymeZweLL is back with his second children's hip hop album Robots on the Dance Floor slated for release in the Spring of 2012.

With his second release ROTDF, RhymeZweLL has kept to the formula: One part ridiculously awesome beats and Two parts dope lyrics in a juice box with a twist of lime. RhymeZweLL set his sights at a slightly older audience with his new release moving from the preschool set to the elementary school playground. Enlisting the help of the king of Kid Hop himself, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, as well as, New York's own Joanie Leeds of Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights, RhymeZweLL delivers 11 tracks of bass thumping, kid jumping, beat bumping KidZ-Hop. The lead single and title track “Robots on the Dance Floor” has already become a phenomenon in the Boston area with legions of children and adults robot dancing in packed gymnasiums, theaters, auditoriums and festival grounds. “The entire album is a dance party” says RhymeZweLL “The idea behind the record is to get kids off the couch and moving, riding their bikes and using their imaginations instead of playing video games and watching TV.”

RhymeZweLL keeps the fun maxed out and the energy level spiked. He's sure to have your minivan bumping from the first song to the last.