Mr Kneel: Hip Hop for Families!

HIGHLIGHTS FEATURING MR KNEEL

As an author and national presenter I am always looking for new ways to reach people about important messages related to young children’s development and resilience. Music is always a full proof method for sharing knowledge, bringing people together and having fun. When I developed a strategy called FLIP IT for working with young children with challenging behavior I was looking for ways to help adults remember the 4 steps in the heat of the moment with a child who was acting out. A catchy acronym helped, but I turned to Mr.Kneel to create a song and a beat that would be infectious. Mr.Kneel is not only musically gifted, but he gets children and best practices to support them. I gave him a rough copy of my book and he took the time to really read it, understand it and develop lyrics that beautifully represented the message. I wish everyone got FLIP IT as clearly as Mr.Kneel did right out of the gate, but he created a song that has helped so many others to understand and remember this strategy. I have always said that Mr.Kneel makes music that EVERYONE (young and old) wants to listen to. His beats move children and adults and his lyrics are clear and powerful. The FLIP IT rap is a huge hit in presentations and I am a huge fan of all Mr.Kneel’s music!

Thank You

Rachel Wagner Sperry, MSW
Author of The FLIP IT Strategy, National Presenter and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist.

Mr. Kneel performed for our Summer Reading program at our local Farmer's Market. His performance garnered the largest audience of the summer. He is engaging, exciting and oh so creative - Family Hip Hop at it's finest. The children and parents continue to chant his resounding chants and call backs long after he has gone. Mr. Kneel is a total professional and such a delight to be around! He is making a difference in families lives with his energized message and music!

 

Paula Ciberay
Youth Services Program and Outreach Manager
Wilkinson Public Library

 

'Mr Kneel is a big hit'

Thanks to the La Junta Tribune-Democrat!  Click the link below to read the article!

Fox 4 Kansas City - 'Jiggle Jam returns to Crown Center Square' 

Mr. Kneeel's return to Fox 4 and Jiggle Jam with Dino O'Dell and Gabe Murfitt - check out the following clip!

2013 Summer Reading Program - Central Branch Library

Check out some pictures from Kids Hip Hop In The Park!  Part of the 2013 summer reading program held in Fort Collins, CO at the Central Branch Library.

Cookie Magazine

This hip-hop quintet lays down one high-energy rap track after another, with an inherent cool factor that makes its incredibly wholesome lyrics (songs revolve around lessons like the benefits of vegetables and dental hygiene) sound unquestionably hip. The jazzy beats that back up the Littleague's rhymes give the CD an added boost of grown-up appeal, and many of the songs are flat-out funny.

—Ages 4 to 10

The Marquee

The Little League
Magic Words
Independent
4.5 out of 5 stars

This is an incredibly smart concept, and in addition to the smarts behind the album it’s also pulled off tremendously well.

The concept is fun, high energy hip-hop geared towards children. The Little League’s mission is to provide “positive, educational and developmentally appropriate messages,” and with this album they’ve succeeded greatly in that.

The Little League was created by educators working with at-risk children, Larry Georgeson, and former Yo Flaco! emcee Neil McIntyre, who found that while hip-hop music speaks to kids, few, if any hip-hop acts were actually geared toward younger listeners.

The real magic on this project from day one, however, has been Georgeson and McIntyre’s ability to write rhymes that sound fun, provide education (everything from the benefits of veggies and saying “Please,” to dental hygiene) without talking down to the young kids they’re trying to reach. There’s nothing fake about this. It’s real hip-hop, but done in a wholesome way that will make parents cool with what their kids are listening to.     — Brian F. Johnson

Westword Magazine

'The Littleague Makes Hip-Hop Safe for Kids'  --  Grown-up hip-hop has lost its luster for Neil McIntyre.' - By Dave Herrera.


"I wish I could tell you that I had this all planned out from the beginning, but I didn't," says McIntyre. "It's just kind of fallen into place. And that's kind of the cool thing: When you do something positive and for the right reasons, it seems like the universe opens its arms to you. It just seems like every potential connection that I've needed has come along and presented itself at the right time. It feels good.

"I've done some research, and there's other people out there doing kids' hip-hop," he adds. "But there's not a lot of good stuff, because the really talented MCs don't want to mess with it, for whatever reason. It's not cool, you know? There's no street cred in it."

So now that he's found this niche, does that mean McIntyre will never again broach adult subjects?

"I'm still going to make my grown-up music," he concludes. "But I feel like, man, I'm just another rapper rapping. The world is full of them. I'm never going to be Rakim. I'm never going to be KRS-One. I'm never going to be Eminem, even. I know I don't want to make pop music if I have to make something that I'm not going to be proud of to do it, you know?"

Speaking of The Littleague Music Project, "That's dope...it's nice to see someone excecute that particular concept and have the music be good as well...you sir, are the man!"