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Watoto From The Nile is a group of young sisters ages 10, 9, and 5, who recently made headlines with their song “Letter to Lil Wayne”.

Letter to Lil Wayne is a direct statement of justice from Watoto From The Nile. Growing tired and fed up with the constant degradation of Black women inside of Hip Hop music, they voice their views and opinions on this melodic track.

According to a brief bio on their website, Watoto From The Nile “have come together to create inspirational music for the whole family but primarily the youth of our communities. They are all still in elementary school and have already grown tired of the stereotypical Disney channel songs that never focus on the plight of Black Children around the world.”

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  1. Girls are often victims since young boys imitate rappers and learn to call girls names and degrade them since “society ” glorifies this male image. The girls probably think “why do Black men hate us so much they want to call us names on an international stage ?? How many rock, country stars say “white Ho, etc in their music ?? any Latin male stars dissing brown-skinned Latinas ?? No- just self-hating Uncle Tom rappers.

  2. This song is beautiful and the girls are beautiful. You can tell they are being raised right. Of course they don’t know Stevie Wonder…but big ups to their parents for exposing them to his music. It seems a lot of adults are missing the point! They are not trying to tear down your precious idol Lil Wayne which some of you are defending…as if he was JESUS…they simply heard the song asked their father a question and he responded in a way that is appropriate. Of course their Dad helped them develop it. And???

  3. And I liked the video and the song. I respect their message and I concur. Little Wayne is talented and I have enjoyed a song or 2 of his, but the lyrics make me cringe sometimes. I dislike the misogyny and disrespect of the lyrics of rap today. I would never buy a song of his because of it.
    Parents don’t have to “let” their children listen to his music. Its everywhere and even if the offending words are beeped out, todays children are smart and they can figure out what goes there. I can’t listen to the radio with my kids in the car because even when things are supposed to be edited they are not!

  4. This is not a duplicate. I applaud these girls (and their parents) for at least putting out the question – why does it have to be this way. Why are their so few alternatives on the radio to what we have: shallow, uninspirational, crass music that promotes selfish, base desires (pleasure, sex, money, me, me, me). Black people make up 13 percent of the entire US population so our vote doesn’t count a whole lot when it comes to selecting our cultural ambassadors to the world, which unfortunately is what hip hop artists are. Their image, music and lyrics tell people with little exposure to the black community (this is how black Americans live, act and think. We love bling and we love to get it in illegal ways, we love to beat up people who challenge us and our female partners are disposable vessels of pleasure – you can’t trust them) The truth is, racist notions about who we are – unintelligent, violent, amoral, impulsive, savage – still permeate our society and that is why music executives “chose” artists who represent the status-quo. Too much dignity, morality, and intelligence creates confusion in people who like to use black culture as cultural pornography. P-diddy and those who look like him are not truly in charge of what songs and artist make it on the radio. I personally think lil wayne is very intelligent –he just channels his lyrics in a very cowardly way. Instead of speaking truth to power and saying what is really on his mind, he remains “non-threatening” speaking only of the ghetto drama, his inner demons, sex, drugs and music. If he really spoke about what was up like a Marley or a Chuck D, it might scare folk and he might lose his favor as a good negro. Most popular hip hop artists are cowardly uncle toms– prostitutes for the rest of America to gloat on and for those in our community who are uninformed to model their lives after. They are modern day Steppin-fetchets. They are Soldja’s with Limits who only are brave enough to turn their guns against their own. We simply cannot rely on the radio for alternatives because the radio industry is corrupt.

  5. I personally think lil wayne is very intelligent –he just channels his lyrics in a very cowardly way. Instead of speaking truth to power and saying what is really on his mind, he remains “non-threatening” speaking only of the ghetto drama, his inner demons, sex, drugs and music. If he really spoke about what was up like a Marley or a Chuck D, it might scare folk and he might lose his favor as a good negro. Most popular hip hop artists are cowardly uncle toms– prostitutes for the rest of America to gloat on and for those in our community who are uninformed to model their lives after. They are modern day Steppin-fetchets. We simply cannot rely on the radio for alternatives because the radio industry is corrupt.

  6. I applaud these girls (and their parents) for at least putting out the question – why does it have to be this way. Why are their so few alternatives on the radio to what we have: shallow, uninspirational, crass music that promotes selfish, base desires (pleasure, sex, money, me, me, me). Black people make up 13 percent of the entire US population so our vote doesn’t count a whole lot when it comes to selecting our cultural ambassadors to the world, which unfortunately is what hip hop artists are. Their image, music and lyrics tell people with little exposure to the black community (this is how black Americans live, act and think. We love bling and we love to get it in illegal ways, we love to beat up people who challenge us and our female partners are disposable vessels of pleasure – you can’t trust them) The truth is, racist notions about who we are – unintelligent, violent, amoral, impulsive, savage – still permeate our society and that is why music executives “chose” artists who represent the status-quo. Too much dignity, morality, and intelligence creates confusion in people who like to use black culture as cultural pornography. P-diddy and those who look like him are not truly in charge of what songs and artist make it on the radio.

  7. I applaud these girls (and their parents) for at least putting out the question – why does it have to be this way. Why are their so few alternatives on the radio to what we have: shallow, uninspirational, crass music that promotes selfish, base desires (pleasure, sex, money, me, me, me). Black people make up 13 percent of the entire US population so our vote doesn’t count a whole lot when it comes to selecting our cultural ambassadors to the world, which unfortunately is what hip hop artists are. Their image, music and lyrics tell people with little exposure to the black community (this is how black Americans live, act and think. We love bling and we love to get it in illegal ways, we love to beat up people who challenge us and our female partners are disposable vessels of pleasure – you can’t trust them) The truth is, racist notions about who we are – unintelligent, violent, amoral, impulsive, savage – still permeate our society and that is why music executives “chose” artists who represent the status-quo. Too much dignity, morality, and intelligence creates confusion in people who like to use black culture as cultural pornography. P-diddy and those who look like him are not truly in charge of what songs and artist make it on the radio. I personally think lil wayne is very intelligent –he just channels his lyrics in a very cowardly way. Instead of speaking truth to power and saying what is really on his mind, he remains “non-threatening” speaking only of the ghetto drama, his inner demons, sex, drugs and music. If he really spoke about what was up like a Marley or a Chuck D, it might scare folk and he might lose his favor as a good negro. Most popular hip hop artists are cowardly uncle toms– prostitutes for the rest of America to gloat on and for those in our community who are uninformed to model their lives after. They are modern day Steppin-fetchets. They are Soldja’s with Limits who only are brave enough to turn their guns against their own. We simply cannot rely on the radio for alternatives because the radio industry is corrupt.

  8. Ok, I can see why they’d have a problem with Lil wayne but at the same time, they should have said letter to disney or something. Wayne makes ADULT music. My son is 5 and if he happens to hear anybody’s song on the radio or in someone else’s car, if I know it’s not appropriate, If I can and I like the beat too I’ll let him listen to it, just the INSTRUMENTAL or Kidz Bop (so sick of that lol) Kids likes music. Most don’t really know WTHeck they are talking about truthfully. (Thanks to his daddy lol) My son has pierced ears, dresses like a little man and loves jerkin music but better believe he knows all his weekly memory verses and knows his school work too and if I hear him quote a song, he has to quote something else of value to his life. But thats our choice that he has & knows certain things. I let him listen to & see certain things after I see it. He has NO clue about artist in the music industry disrespecting women. If he does, he hides it well lol. I understand that a lot of things ARE out of parents hands as far as what their kids learn at school but don’t blame it all on the artist. That’s their job. Most rappers aren’t on PBS claiming to make music 4 kids. Everything comes with a rating now, use it. It’s a cute song/video and everything but they shouldn’t even be able to listen to those songs if that’s the case. Their mom/auntie/grandma should have been the 3 in the video really.

    • I don’t think it’s up to us to tell them what they should write about. Lil Wayne might be the target now, and some other rapper later on. This is their vision.

  9. iLove It , iDo Hate The Fact They Are Targeting Wayne When So Many Other Rappers Do It . Butt IDo Love The Sonq (=

  10. wow! the girls have more common sense than some grown women who love Lil Wayne and don’t understand that he is degrading women in their music. Wise girls, they have a bright future.

    Does everything on here have to be an argument? Everyone has their own opinion. Goodness.

  11. Everyone keeps saying Lil’ Wayne is grown and he makes music for adults. That is true, but the majority of people I know that listen to his music are NOT adults. Kids, specifically boys love Lil’ Wayne and revere him as if he’s a God. Honestly the way these kids worship Lil’ Wayne you’d think he died on the cross and saved them from their sins. SMH
    Music is supposed to inspire and nothing I hear on the radio these days is inspiring. Also random point and this probably has no correlation, but a lot of the people I know who listen to Weezy aren’t too smart. I’m just saying.

  12. Lil Wayne is a grown ass man and he makes music for adults. not 10 year old girls and hip hop has been like this for years. how the hell do these children feel he degrades women if their parents do not expose them to his music?

    • @Katt, let me ask you. Do you think they are around their parents all the time? If so, then, yes, their parents would expose them to Lil Wayne’s music. If not, then apparently it has nothing to do with the parents. Kids don’t live in a bubble. They are out and about and around people other than their parents. Victoria’s comment broke that down.

      I find it fascinating the some people are getting hostile over these little girls promoting positive lyrics.

  13. People love jumpting to conclusions. First, who said they weren’t raising their own kids? Secondly, I don’t listen to Lil Wayne. To me, he’s demonic, and his music stinks. That’s me, so I don’t even allow my ears near it. For others that like him, have at it. Secondly, kids don’t just stay around their houses 24/7. Someone said they heard Lil Wayne’s music, albeit, the radio version, in a shoe store. Kids hear music at school, over relatives houses, etc.

    However, I hear some hypocracy when people say, “raise your own kids” yet many still want these celebs to be role models or for their kids to “look up” to them. Which way do you want it?

    • Key word Teri demonic LOL I can’t for the life of me figure out why people are having such an issue with this. Especially since so many adults argue the same and if these were adults rather than little girs, there would be some other excuse as to why it’s ok.

      We keep trying to treat these things as entertainment, the artist say they rap about what they do because they live it. Most of them don’t live it anymore and wouldn’t dare go back to it, But you know a good portion of what they’re saying is true because you can see it in your own neighborhoods, depends where you live…..yet we are just fine with listening to it all in our music it’s sad really.

  14. People always think it has to be one or the other, but never realize that it can be both. There are some damn good parents out here, and their kids still turn out a mess sometimes, because although people love to through out there “Kids are an extension of their parents” or “Kids are a map of their parents, it’s forgotten that in the end kids are people with their own bodies, thoughts, ideals, values, etc. They are by far not just influenced by their parents values and morals and thoughts. It’s not as simple or easy as just telling kids not to listen to this that or buy that when they are constantly surrounded by inappropriate music, images, etc. through tv, magazines, books, the internet. It’s the culture they are being brought up into where they are being told by advertisers/media/rappers or musicians/etc., that they have to be aesthetically perfect, incredibly rich, drug dealers, womanizers, rappers, pro athletes (basketball and football mostly), etc. Not to mention being born and raised in the most technologically advanced age yet. Kids are so far ahead of their parents. Not to mention alot of parents are listening to the same music their kids are. And yes there are just some people who have no parenting skills or are just lazy.

    And last someone correct me if I’m worng, seriously, because I’m not one that likes to spout out wrong information. But last time I checked, it was being said that teens or at least people in their early 20′s on down to the teens/tweens make up the majority of consumers buying and downloading rap & R&B music. If that’s true, then whether on purpose or not, rappers are making the music for them not for adult. Anyway this is just my take on the situation.

    • @Victoria – Ohhhh! Excellent points! You are spot on with everything you said. The intent of the Lil Wayne’s is to influence kids. The same goes with shows like Jersey Shore.

      Talk about thinking beyond the borders.

  15. I like the song; These little girls are standing up for what they believe in; Next time Lil Wayne or any other rapper call a woman a b**** or a h**, they need to remember that they come from a woman!

    Sn: I dont listen to his music because its not real music IMO, I listen to The 80′s & 90′s. But theres alot of people that do listen to his music, & thats their choice. Of course his music isnt for little kids, So parents just got to be aware of what their kids are listening to!

  16. Why are they just picking with Lil Wayne? Alot of rappers and singers are saying stuff. Plus in on tv and movies. I like Lil Wayne and his music is for adults not kids. So I think parents should just pay attention to what their kids are a watching and listening.

    • I dont think their trying to target “just him” because there to many rappers to name in one song because that how many ignorant rappers their are i think there targeting him because he is the hottest rapper right now out and alot of people talk about him more than other rappers.

    • he might me intelligient and speaks whats on his mind but you mean to tell me the only thing on his mind is sex,demons,money,women, bling,cars,clothes? naw.

      I cant stand his music to be its ignorant. half these rappers dont even believe half the stuff they sell they do it because its whats the public wants to hear which just shows the ignorance of society.if lil wayne changed his music to more positive no many would buy it because they dont wanna hear how he struggled growing up and how he overcame it they want to hear he got women he got money, how he shot someone or would. thats what the age group that listens to his music want to hear and with music today its all about the money so they gonna do what the people want to hear not what needs to be heard.

      thats why i really like T.I song dead and gone with justin timberlake because it was positive and the song he made with rihanna live your life it was rap but it was sending a good message if he listen or read the lyrics.

  17. They’re right, music is supposed to inspire. I know I, my mom, and my oldest sister expose my nieces and nephews to older music. Lil Wayne isn’t inspiring anybody with his music. All he’s doing is tearing down women, making threats, talk about his money, and how many times he’s gone to jail. And to whomever said that it’s the parents responsibility, nobody said these girls parents were blaming Wayne, b/c it seems their parents let them know that they are beautiful and special, they just want to show that not all kids are brainwashed by the hype or the material things. Wish my nephews would get that message. smh

  18. Awww….I am not mad at my young sisters; I like it. They have a viewpoint and have a right to share it. It seems as though they are developing a healthy self-concept and that’s wonderful.

  19. Viewed the video blah, blah and blah! I feel that Wayne’s music is for adults and also when did Steve Harvey become a role model? Sounds as if the parents need to exercise some common sense; Steve a role model??? Give me a break.

      • Pisces, I think society’s worship of celebrities has made them role models for our children. We should be our kids’ role model, and until we stop putting these celebs on a pedestal, kids won’t look to them for anything other than entertainment.

        • Teri I agree with you 100% about the role model thing. Some of the comments on this topic including yours about Steve Harvey on Family Feud are tickling me to death.

          I do enjoy him too as the host of Family Feud…he is a RIOT!

          • Pisces, yes he is! He added something to the show no other host has, even with Richard Dawson back in the day.

          • @Pisces, hey lady. Steve Harvey is a hoot LOL. He truly cracks me up and I agree with Teri and I was just saying the other day, he really brings something different to the show.

  20. I am so sick and tired of people blaming the artist for there children it is u duty to raise your own children and not Lil Wayne or any other artists…it is your responsibility to let your children know what they can and cant listen to and to also let your children know that this is strictly for entertainment purposes…Come on ppl wake the heck up and start raising your own kids and stop allowing music, internet and games raise your kids.. Yes I do have kids 3 of them aged daughter 21, daughter 14, and son 9 and know I raise my kids and not the music or the tv or the video games or anyone else they are raised by there dad and I. So please stop using artist as an excuse and get off your but and raise your own kids or just dont have any…and this is my opinion you dont like it I dont really care…just raise your own kids and stop allowing others to do that for you…PEACE AND LOVE

  21. I heard this song like last week. Good message but i highly doubt those little girls wrote this song, making the message pointless. In the beginning of the video you can see that they were coached to say that. Wayne’s music is not for little kids. I understand you can’t block certain things from kids b/c they go to school & have friends & blah blah blah. BUT its up to the parents to teach their kids wrong from right, not Wayne. I grew up listening to some bad songs from lil Kim, Snopp Dogg, Tu Pac, Biggie & a list of others b/c of my older sisters, but i wouldn’t dare act/talk/dress like they did b/c my mom taught me better than that. I’m now a 20 yr old college student working towards a BSN and not sexually active. So I never believe rappers are to blame, parents are. Toya always talk about how good their daughter is in school. These rappers have kids that are in college, getting good grades, playing sports & you don’t hear about them in the news doing bad. So why can’t the average kid do the same? Anyway, i think their parents made this up to capitalize off their kids.
    K, i’m done w/ my rant lol.

  22. It’s nice that the little girls are making an effort, but I don’t think Erykah Badu is such a great alternative role model as opposed to Lil’Wayne.

    How many baby Daddy’s does Erykah have, has she married any of them and Badu sometimes bashes men in her songs.

    These little girls would not know about Stevie Wonder’s music unless somebody told them. What is his most recent hit? Done long before these girls were even born!

    • Pisces, what’s good with ya, lady?! *waves*

      Pisces, a lot of kids and young adults are now being exposed to old school music. I’ve noticed on youtube how many kids are hip to it, and I’m glad!!!

    • Erykah Badu, did you write this song? This seems like one of your outrageous publicity stunts like stripping in public. ;)

  23. Kudos to these young sisters. I am so proud of them and wish them continued and huge success, not only in their community, but far reaching!

    I will be supporting them.

    • I agree Teri!
      Balance is needed in today’s music, movies and overall culture. Here’s to these beautiful young ladies (and their parents) for having swayed the balance beam a little bit closer to the good side.

  24. For starters, I blame the parents. When are parents going to take some responsibility for their children? Parents have the responsibility to turn the radio off and tell their children what is and what is not appropriate for children.

    Lil Wayne is not making music for children. True, they listen to it, but that is because their parents allow it. Come on people!

    • @J – just because parents don’t want their children listening to certain much (and Lord knows Wayne is certainly not for children’s ears), they can’t monitor their kids 24/7. Kids visit friends or relatives that might listen to this garbage. Because of that, I do agree that parents need to sit down with their children and explain why certain music is offensive so that when or if they do hear it, they’ll be knowledgeable.

      I applaud what these young girls are trying to accomplish.

    • Adults should be just as ashamed and although he’s not making music for children, they still hear it, even when it’s not allowed or played in their own homes.

      You can go to the mall and hear it, you can go out side sit on y our steps and play and hear the idiot up the street blasting it, and dare you ask them to turn it down you may get cussed out etc.

      Maybe adults so get back to being adults, be responsible with what you put in your music COUPLED with what you’re listening to/putting out there and not get mad when little girls speak the truth about….um the truth!!! It’s unfortunate that they’re the ones to do it, and that’s rather they wrote it themselves or not.

    • I don’t know why they are targeting Lil Wayne, especially when other artists are doing the same thing. I didn’t like their song for that reason. Parents raise your own kids and stop letting these artists raise your kids! I know some of yall liked Lil Wayne’s last cd so stop frontin’. His music is for adults only and id you don’t like it then don’t buy it and monitor your kids. We couldn’t go over my friends house as a kid and my mom made that clear to us. These parents today get on my nerves so badly that it makes me sick!

    • The argument that Lil Wayne’s makes this music for adults is just not good enough. Why would an adult want to listen to music that is offensive to women? Why can’t these hip hop artists make the decision to just be a positive influence on society instead of selling out for money? Adults will become an influence to children whether they want to be or not.

    • Firstly, the father’s car radio was tuned in to a radio channel that played pop music, and he did not have an answer when his daughters asked him why large portions of lil wayne’s song still ‘single’ were censored when it was played.

      This song wasn’t planned in any way. In fact, it was done only in response to that incident.

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