- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 21, 2005

Top 5 rap songs played at bar and bat mitzvahs

Will Smith and Ice Cube are movie stars. Jay Z and P. Diddy are fashion designers. Eminem is white. Rap has permeated mainstream society so fully it’s even taken over the playlists at bar and bat mitzvahs. Area DJs say many rap songs are too racy to play at these family-oriented celebrations, but some favorites have crept into the mix and stood the test of time:

“Baby Got Back,” Sir Mix-a-Lot — To the amazement of conservative parents and hormonal pre-teens, his ode to booty shaking continues to be played despite its raunchy lyrics. “It’s been played so long that everyone’s just accepted that song,” says Christine Lemke, a DJ at the Mid-Atlantic Professional Disc Jockey Association.

“Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It,” Will Smith — What can be safer than a dance song by the country’s most likeable summer blockbuster hero? Forget bar mitzvahs, this one’s OK to play at baptisms.

“U Can’t Touch This,” MC Hammer — The parachute pants are long gone, but the beat and catchy hook lives on. The real question: “How do these kids even know who MC Hammer is?”

“Ice Ice Baby,” Vanilla Ice — The parents like the song because it reminds them of Queen, and the kids don’t know any better.

“Jump Around,” House of Pain — “Jump, jump, jump, jump!” Any song that gives the audience dance instructions is sure to make the bar mitzvah playlist. Fits right in with “The Electric Slide” and “Hokey Pokey.”

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