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article imageToronto hip-hop MC releases video featuring his rapping mom

By David Silverberg     May 8, 2013 in Entertainment
Toronto rapper Abdominal released this week a video from his new album, but this isn't a normal music video with just tight rhymes and metaphors. He invited his 66-year-old mom to guest-rap on the ode to motherhood.
Just in time for Mother's Day, Abdominal (aka Andy Bernstein) is giving us his perspective on the joys of being a son to a great mother.
Near the beginning of the tune "Courage," Abdominal, 38, lists some impressive achievements his 66-year-old mother has accomplished: "Over the last few years, well here’s some shit she’s done: kickboxing, weightlifting, capoeira, mountain climbing, belly dancing, ran marathons…four times and three times to the arctic to work with the Inuit, then she walked to Guelph, just to see if she could do it."
He then goes on give credit to his mom for inspiring him: "So when I’m being interviewed, asked how a Jewish kid from Canada ever thought he could make it in rap music, I say that I pursued it because my mom influenced me to always walk the path that seemed the most true to me, no matter how daunting, unstable, imperfect, my mom was always there for me exemplifying courage."
The music video (and track) then lets Mrs. Singer take the mic and she begins rapping about raising her child: "Pencil and paper in his small hands, superheroes emerged first took their stand. Captain Carrot, the Boggler et al, the pictures of bravery when he was small. Later, taking time off after high school, living in the real world, gathering tools. Canada World Youth, learning how to give, finding what it means to be human, how to live."
In the chorus, they both echo each other: "I’m the mom, I’m the son, we sat down to have some fun. But little did we know by the time we were done, that what would emerge from this unprecedented merger nothing short...of a dialogue on courage."
"Courage" is a track on the MC's new album Sitting Music, released earlier this year. In an interview in September, Abdominal explained why he decided to make a stripped-down version of acoustic hip hop: “What always drew me to hip hop were the lyrics, I want the lyrics to be heard by the audience… and I always try to write lyrics people wouldn’t consider disposable.”
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