Do you know where your children are right now? Do you know if they're out on the street? And, most importantly, do you know if they're being challenged to a rap battle? And, if so, do they have the freestyle skills to go up against, say, a few men in their late teens or early 20s who roll up in a van?
If you live in central Massachusetts, it might be time to have The Rap Talk with your kids. WMUR reported on Tuesday that "Police in central Massachusetts are warning residents to be on the lookout for men who may be challenging passersby to a rap battle." The incident that spurred the warning featured three men in a van rolling up on some young teenage boys in the town of Charlton. WMUR noted:
One of the men -- described as having brown hair and a pale complexion, wearing a gray T-shirt, gray pants and open-toed sandals -- got out of the vehicle and started rapping while the other men asked the boys if they wanted to "spit some bars" with them.
Thankfully, the police do not believe that the men were trying to abduct the teens, but simply to rap with them.
Teach your children how to be safe. Teach your children how to freestyle rap. It's the right thing to do.