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Lori Nelson Lee Draws Inspiration From Hip-Hop Culture For New Book 'Hip Hop Don't Stop'

Hip-hop has become a major part of culture in ways that were unimaginable over 30 years ago. Lori Nelson Leethe author who grew up with the culture used her experience to write the latest children’s book. hip hop don’t stop.

Married Lee, a hip-hop artist turned lawyer, Tracy Leecreated her latest book during the pandemic. Illustrated Photo Book teeth about a Father Whostimulate his For children to use positive and creative thinking rhythmic See the influence of hip-hop on art have upon a global culture. “

black companies We connected with the self-published author to discuss the purpose of the book, the impact hip-hop has had on her personal and business life, and how to run a business while supporting a family.

What inspired you to write children’s books?

My mother always liked to write, and still does. After discovering the lack of diversity in her books as her brother waited for the arrival of her niece, she decided to write her own story, which is what the little became a project. When we finished we each had a book— Adventures of Hillary: Hillary’s Big Business Adventure really by you, When I can do it myself To Valerie NelsonI decided to go a step further and produce and publish both books. That was the beginning of Nelson Publishing and my love of writing for children. That was 20 years before him.

what is the premise hip hop don’t stop and why did you write it?

hip hop don’t stop is a picture book by fathers that teaches children about the culture of hip-hop and the responsibility of using their voice for creative expression. After months of being home with my husband and children during the pandemic, I was inspired to write a book. I found myself observing in a different way. I was enjoying myself. (feature one step ahead) as a book hook. To bring the characters to life, a very talented illustrator, Odeva Josephuses real photos of my family to draw the characters in the book.My kids loved seeing themselves animated.

(Image: Courtesy of Nelson Publishing)

This project was definitely personal, so I’m sure reviewers will find my book powerful, interactive, engaging, respectful (to hip-hop culture), relatable, empowering, etc. It really fills my heart when I say that. Not only do they love the books, I feel like they love my family!

You are married to hip-hop artist-turned-lawyer Tracy Lee. How has hip-hop culture improved your personal life and business? How do your children, who live with two artists, view hip-hop?

I wouldn’t say hip-hop has improved my personal life or my business. I think hip hop definitely impacted my life and my business, simply because it was a product of hip hop. It influences what you see, what you hear, how you communicate, how you write, what projects you produce, and more. At least two groups)” Today the culture has grown and expanded to levels where it is nearly impossible not to be uninfluenced by hip-hop.

My kids, like most kids these days, don’t really know what the world would be like without hip-hop. is. Today’s kids’ hip-hop culture is as normal as cell phones and bottles of water.

There is the added benefit of having an artist in the house, especially for my children. They see us in creation and execution mode, see how it inspires their creative process, and sometimes include them (as in the illustrations in this book). can also do. My 7 year old daughter was introduced to Tracey’s. expect the unexpected 3 year old album She also loves creating her own stories and songs. It’s fun to see a little of us in her creative self.Her 5-year-old son loves music and likes to imitate Tracey. He’s featured in her music video for Tracey’s latest song. CacaoHe’s our little performer.

As an entrepreneur, how do you support your family and run your business? What challenges do you encounter?

Building a business from scratch has always been a tremendous struggle. Raising young children while trying to meet my creative needs as an artist is a whole other level of crazy. We were publishing books, making movies, dropping music. When my kids were babies, I switched gears. I spent a lot of time bonding with them and focusing on enjoying motherhood. If you need 30 minutes of quiet time, I don’t care. They want you when they want, and my family has always been my number one priority. I did. Sometimes solo, sometimes with one of my writing partners. Now that my kids are older, I’ve been finding time to be creative and handle business. Balancing is real, but it’s teamwork between us and our children.

Tracy and I also try very hard to have and maintain a routine at home. It helps kids have structure, but it also helps us define space in our day for creative work.We are also very supportive of each other’s creative processes. And we understand that, so we allow that space. Weekends are usually reserved for family time. We are not always perfect, but we do give ourselves the graces and get help from our parents and mother-in-law when we need it.We also have a team of talented and dedicated professionals with us. It also helps that you are always blessed to do the work and make concessions. They believe in what we do and respect our vision as artists.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to use their talents and passions?

Go out there and do it! Talent is shared and inspired. Art is personal, so I think it can be scary. Getting it out there and braving other people’s opinions can be difficult for some. However, please note the following five points from him.

— Opinions don’t matter. everyone has it.

— Every artist has an audience.

— Your first project may not be perfect. If you are dedicated to your craft, improvements will come with each new project.

— Realize that you are alone and you will need a team. Surround yourself with quality like-minded people and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

— Find the creative process that works for you. Don’t fall into the trap of believing there is only one way to do your art. When I first started writing, I heard a lot of opinions about when, where and how writers should write. Know that your creative process is exactly yours.