Black History Month in the United States may have ended last week, but the opportunity to learn about an ever growing African-American history and culture will never cease. Whether you are an educator or someone who is looking for an education, the history lessons are always in session. A local Saint Louis rapper can help you get a jump on next year's Black History Month with his new video, released in late February. And the kicker? He is only five years old.
Heir Jordin, the five-year-old rapper, is the star of the music video titled "Proud History", with lyrics written by his father, Doorway rapper Ramel Prince aka RT-FaQ. According to the Riverfront Times, what started originally as a project for school quickly exploded into a YouTube video that is currently sitting pretty at over nine thousand total views. With music by Alex Surmeier and Richard
Ducksworth of Saint Louis based group Great Joint Commission, the track is not only fact-filled but extremely catchy.
What is great about "Proud History" is that it is soaked in iconic Saint Louis imagery. Some of the places it takes Jordin to includes the Old Saint Louis Courthouse, the Chuck Berry Statue in University City, and the Delmar Loop. Of particular note is the Saint Louis Walk of Fame, which is heavily featured as Jordin points out the various names of locally based African-Americans that decorate the starry sidewalks of Delmar Boulevard.
Plus, it can't be stated enough: Heir Jordan is super cute. He is a five-year-old who is clearly having lots of fun making a music video with his dad, although that doesn't mean he is not taking it seriously. Watch Jordin bounce around and rap with other kids and tell me that he isn't loving life right now. And for a five-year-old, he has a solid rapping voice that never undersells RT-FaQ's lyrics.
RT-FaQ is quoted in the above Riverfront Times article on Jordin's reaction to the video's release: "He's pretty excited ... He keeps asking me, 'Has the world seen it yet?' I told him it's going to take some time, but it's coming."
If there was a rap music video in recent history that deserved to be seen by the world, "Proud History" would be it. He may be young, but Heir Jordan is already getting attention from a larger stage.
You can learn more about RT-FaQ's group Doorway at their official website.