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  • I'm Pops, the mentor.

  • And I'm I'm I'm I'm I'm Nicole Paris, the apprentice.

  • Beatboxing is just simply making sounds with your mouth.

  • Making music with your mouth.

  • When beatboxing came to St. Louis in the early 80s, it was always about emulating what the DJ did.

  • So I just thought of perfecting my skill as I got older, and then, my wife, she gets pregnant with Nicole.

  • So I would beatbox up against the belly, and Nicole would start twisting, so you would see my wife's belly almost like...

  • She liked it. She thought it was funny and cute.

  • And then, as Nicole got bigger in the belly, it wasn't cute no more.

  • At the age of 13, was my first talent show.

  • I just went home and I said, "Pops, I just joined a talent show."

  • "You're going to teach me how to beatbox."

  • He taught me how to hold a mic, taught me how to breath, taught me the basic beats.

  • I went to the talent show and did that.

  • They made me mad at the talent show. They was clapping off-beat.

  • And they was like...

  • I then started to add my own thing to what he taught me.

  • One night, I came home from work, and as I'm walking in the door...

  • I heard her making all these strange noises.

  • I had to tell her, like, "That's not beatboxing."

  • "Nah, don't do that. That's corny."

  • I was like, "What?"

  • This is when I had to realize and tell myself, "Look, this is what she wants to do."

  • Me and Pops, we beatbox anywhere, all day.

  • It don't even make a difference.

  • No, it really don't.

  • We beatbox while cooking, barbershop...

  • When we ready to beatbox, it literally...

  • It happens.

  • It doesn't matter.

  • If you go to her YouTube channel, you will see us sitting down, beatboxing, and to some folks, it can look like a competition.

  • We're not really battling, it's just ...

  • It's just jam sessions, just us having fun.

  • This is how I bond with my child, even though 160 million people will be like, "Pops, you lost."

  • "Pop, loser!"

  • I want her to be the best.

  • I want her to, to outdo me.

  • Not in outdo me, like, as in a battle, but I want her to just, just continue to grow and add to beatboxing.

I'm Pops, the mentor.

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The Art of Beatboxing

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    Estelle   posted on 2019/12/02
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