Cat-Rap

Cat-Rap

Lying on the sofa
all curled and meek
but in my furry-fuzzy head
there’s a rapping beat.
Gonna rap while I’m napping
and looking sweet
gonna rap while I’m padding
on the balls of my feet

Gonna rap on my head
gonna rap on my tail
gonna rap on my
you know where.
So wave your paws in the air
like you just don’t care
with nine lives to spare
gimme five right here.

Well, they say that we cats
are killed by curiosity,
but does this moggie mind?
No, I’ve got suavity.
When I get to heaven
gonna rap with Macacity,
gonna find his hidden paw
and clear up that mystery.

Nap it up
scratch it up
the knack is free
fur it up
purr it up
yes that’s me.

The meanest cat-rapper you’ll ever see.
Number one of the street-sound galaxy.


from Everybody Got a Gift (A&C Black, 2006), © Grace Nichols 2006, used by permission of the author c/o Curtis Brown literary agency.

Recordings

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1To My Coral Bones

2In My Sea-House

3Our Cassandra

4Old Cane-Cutter At Airport

5Lip-shore

6Footprints of My Arrival

7Sunris

8One Continent/ To Another

9Waterpot

10Taint

11Sugar Cane

12Like A Flame

13Night is Her Robe

14Skin-Teeth

15Old Magic

16In my Name

17This Kingdom

18Epilogue

19Price We Pay for the Sun

20Praise Song for My Mother

21Like A Beacon

22Island Man

23Icons

24Wherever I Hang

25The Assertion

26The Fat Black Woman’s Motto on Her Bedroom Door

27The Fat Black Woman Goes Shopping

28Tropical Death

29Invitation

30Thoughts drifting through the fat black woman’s head while having a full bubble bath

31Small Questions Asked by the Fat Black Woman

32Sleeping Out

33Cat-Rap

34Sun is Laughing

35Come on Into My Tropical Garden

36Wha Me Mudder Do

37Granny, Granny Please Comb My Hair

38For Forest

39Hurricane Hits England