What do the author of “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” and the rapper known for his singles “Dip” and “Smokin & Drinkin” have in common? More than you might think, it turns out. In an interview with an Australian radio station, hip hop musician Danny Brown said he’s working on a children’s book inspired by Dr. Seuss.
The book, as yet unfinished, is for his daughter, who is 13. “It’s really about self-esteem in black girls,” Brown said. “You know how black women do so much – process their hair, change their eye color? It’s really about a little girl who does all these things to herself and changes herself, and she realizes she’s just better off the way she is.”
Brown said the writing has been slow going, and expressed both admiration for Dr. Seuss ("[W]hat was going on in that guy’s brain to be able to write those things?”) and bravado (“I think I am Dr. Seuss! I’m the Grinch. I’m all his characters come to life in rap music.”)
The Detroit musician wouldn’t be the first hip hop artist to write a children’s book. In 2002, Scholastic released kids’ books by LL Cool J (“And the Winner Is...”) and Doug E. Fresh (“Think Again”) as part of its “Hipkidhop” series.