All Def Digital, the hip-hop-focused MCN founded by rap industry veteran Russell Simmons, debuted a new series Oct. 9 that offers a contemporary twist on the linear classic Kids Say the Darndest Things.
Arts & Raps is a series of YouTube shorts that sees young hip-hop fans asking questions to rap, hip-hop and R&B artists, while constructing various crafts
together. The premiere episode features brothers and AwesomenessTV talent Zay Zay and Jojo (pictured), ages six and eight, as they question Simmons on money, hip-hop and “How old do I have to be to say the ‘n-word?’.”
Upcoming episodes (which will roll out weekly) will include Ventura-based rapper Super Duper Kyle, who will be tasked with delicately explaining to the kids, “What is ‘Netflix and chill?'” and Rome Fortune, who will be forced to explain to kids exactly what the term “Beautiful Pimp” (the name of one of his most famous song) means.
Other rappers featured will include spoken-word poet, rapper and YouTuber Watsky, R&B artist SPZRKT and rap group Warm Brew.
All Def Digital launched in May and has garnered nearly one million YouTube subscribers since then. It features news, arts and culture commentary, comedy videos and collaborations.
Simmons himself gained fame in the ’90s as the force behind Def Jam Records and for repping stars such as Run DMC and the Beastie Boys.