NEW YORK (Top40 Charts/ Baby Loves Music) - Once up on a time in Dinosaurland, there were Dinosaur kids, who had a Dinosaur band/ And they played music, and it wasn't jazz, or rock. It was Dinosaur hip-hop, and it couldn't be stopped!
On April 1, Baby Loves Music will release the first ever album of prehistoric hip-hop with 'Baby Loves Hip Hop'. Following the adventures of five paleolithic pals as they gear up for the big school talent show, 'Baby Loves Hip Hop' is an thrilling blend of music, rhymes, poetry, storytelling, and beatboxing . But who exactly are The Dino-5?
MC T-Rex (Chali 2na): MC T-Rex is the biggest, scariest kid on the block, with huge legs and ferocious teeth. None of the other dino-kids want to play with him. But he's actually misunderstood- as he says, 'When you see me, you gotta think twice/ I may be big and scary, but I'm really pretty nice!'. T-rex is played by Chali 2na, a founding member of critically acclaimed hip-hop band Jurassic-5, and the multiethnic Latin rock/ hip-hop collective Ozomatli.
Billy Brontosaurus (Wordsworth): Billy is the diplomat of the group, the first of the other dino-kids to talk to MC T-Rex when the kids' soccer ball lands near him. Billy is vegetarian who loves books, cars, zoos, weekends, and swimming, and finds that he has a lot in common with T-Rex (even though he can't believe T-Rex doesn't like broccoli!). Billy is voiced by Wordsworth, a Brooklyn-bred MC who rose to fame as a gifted freestylist on the Lyricist Lounge compilations, and has appeared on albums by A Tribe Called Quest and Black Star.
Tracy Triceratops (Lady Bug Mecca): Tracy is the leader of the Dino-5, and the last holdout to accept T-Rex into the group. But after a friendly game of 'the dozens' in Billy Brontosaurus' basement on 'That's Funny', she invites him to be part of the band to perform in the big school talent show. Tracy is played by Lady Bug Mecca, a member of the seminal hip-hop group Digable Planets, who won a GRAMMY in 1993 for their song 'Rebirth of Slick.'
TEO Pterodactyl (Scratch): The dino beatboxer who makes crazy rhythms with his mouth, TEO punctuates the Dino-5's raps with scratches, vocal samples, and inventive beats, all of his own creation. TEO is actually Scratch, a 10-year veteran of the GRAMMY-winning hip hop ensemble The Roots, who also released a solo album, The Embodiment of Instrumentation, on Ropeadope Records.
DJ Stegosaurus (Prince Paul): They say the DJ is the backbone of hip-hop, and the Dino-5 couldn't have a stronger backbone than the spiky one on DJ Stegosaurus, who created all the bouncy, slinky, and rump-shaking beats for the group. Prince Paul is the mastermind behind DJ Stegosaurus- a legendary hip-hop producer who began his career with Stetsasonic in 1984, and produced the milestone album '3 Feet High and Rising' by De La Soul (who make a guest appearance on 'Baby Loves Hip Hop'). More recently, he's teamed up with Dan The Automator for several albums as The Handsome Boy Modeling School and currently hosts 'The Ill Out Show' on XM Radio.