At the tender age of nine, Amor “Lilman” Arteaga (pictured above) is not only making his mark on YouTube, he is doing it in a conscience way as well.
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The pint-sized Brooklyn native grew so tired of seeing the grown men and young boys in his community swagging their jeans and showing off their “dirty underwears” that he took his frustration to YouTube with a catchy, beat-thumping melody titled “Pull Ya Pants Up.”
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Arteaga and his father, Juan, spent the summer writing the lyrics to the song and filming the video in his Flatbush neighborhood. The video shows Arteaga walking around his neighborhood singling out young men sagging their jeans and admonishing them to pull heed his hook: “Pull Ya Pants Up!”
Here are a few verses:
You you think you Mr. Cool? Yeah, You Mr. Fly.
You rock your fly jeans, you rockin’ yo fly shirt.
Showin’ off yo draws like you wearing a mini-skirt.
You can’t be serious. You look so hilarious.
Throughout the song, Arteaga goes in on the ridiculousness of the fashionable style. And he doesn’t take back one word of it either, according to the Daily News.
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“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.”
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The little man seems to have some clout with local politicians, too. He is seen singing the chorus of the song with Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz on the steps of Borough Hall in Downtown Brooklyn.
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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.”