Message For The Day: Pull Ya Damn Pants Up!
A 9-year-old Flatbush rapper has co-written and performed a music video exhorting Brooklyn boys and men to pull up their sagging pants.
Pint-sized Amor “Lilman” Arteaga, who co-wrote “Pull Ya Pants Up” with his dad Juan, 37, and spent the summer filming the music video now up on YouTube, refuses to apologize for the toughly-worded tune.
“It’s disrespectful showing your butt off,” said Amor, a fourth-grader at PS 92 on Parkside Ave. “I’m always seeing boys, girls, rappers, singers — everyone is sagging out.”
The nearly four-minute-long clip shows Amor, sporting an American flag jacket, traveling the streets of his neighborhood pointing out wearers of trousers that slouch down their hips and buttocks.
Mixed in are images of “Lilman” rhyming alongside Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz on the steps of Borough Hall in Downtown Brooklyn.
“I’m tired of seeing all these dirty underwears when I am walking down the street. Pull ‘em up!” Amor says on the video, followed by the catchy hook: “Think that you swaggin’ cause your pants saggin’ — Pull ya pants up. Pull ya pants up.”
The junior songsmith started penning the single when he was 7 — inspired by a scolding from his dad who’d caught him running around the Parade Grounds playground in Flatbush with his jeans drooping below his hips.
“Ever since I was a little kid, I wanted to be a star. I didn’t want to go through all this nonsense of cursing. I wanted to be positive with my raps,” Amor says.
Last year, a family friend urged the Arteagas to take the boy to meet Markowitz.
The BP then invited the youngster to perform during the Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series, held in Coney Island and at Wingate Field in Flatbush.
That’s when Amor debuted “Pull Ya Pants Up” to cheering crowds.
“I am so proud. I couldn’t do what he is doing when I was that age,” said Amor’s gushing dad.
Amor’s goal is to get radio stations in the city to play the song and have shows like Black Entertainment Television’s “106 & Park” feature the video.
“His age is a restriction” said Juan Arteaga. “Everyone says he is just a kid.”
But the setbacks aren’t slowing down Amor’s productivity; he’s busy writing what he hopes will be his next hit: a song about violence and bullying.
“There’s too many shootings. Even little people like me are getting killed,” Amor said. “I see a lot of different things on the news. We gotta stop the killings.”