It started out as lit bedtime stories for J. Cruz’s baby, Cameron, but it turned into a viral phenomenon. During interviews with #TheCruzShow, rappers are asked to freestyle but with a twist. Cruz hands over the children’s book, Llama Llama Red Pajama, and they’re supposed to read and flow to the book over a beat.
So far, rappers, such as Ludacris, Kid Ink, Migos, Jeezy, D.R.A.M., DJ Khaled, Remy Ma, and more have had the honor of contributing to a movement that aims to encourage reading for kids. USA Today recognized this movement and interviewed J. Cruz. “It shows the human side and vulnerable and playful side of them. A side that the audience doesn’t necessarily see or feel,” Cruz told USA. We definitely agree.
Parents have grown to love the segment as #TheCruzShow has received many emails and videos that show their appreciation of the Llama Llama freestyles. Watch students from Jimmy Brown Elementary School in Arkansas sing their version of Luda’s Llama Llama then watch Luda’s version of the children’s book. For all of the Llama Llama freestyles, go to power106.com.
For Cruz’s full interview with USA Today, check it out here.
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