My Life Story to the Tune of “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”

Today’s writing challenge: write my life story to the tune of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, following a consistent rhyme scheme and more or less similar meter.

Why, you might ask? Sometimes it’s best not to ask these questions.

But really, though, Will Smith’s character’s life story is probably better known to most Americans than the life stories of people like George Washington, Thomas Edison, and the other major characters in history. That’s a pretty entertaining realization.

I figure if you want your story to get told, you’d better tell to the tune of the catchiest lyrics from the 90s. Even the squarest person you know will get into a golden hip-hop flow after about five listens.

Now I just have to wait for my own TV show deal to land:

Now this is a story and I’ll name names
Bout a kid who would grow up to be James
And I’ll probably take a while
So sit down, son
I’ll tell you how I made it all the way to 21

In South Carolina born and raised
On a tractor was where I spent most of my days
Reading and nerding and working on the farm
From a good library I’d never go far

When I became a teen something just caught
I realized fast that I hadn’t done squat
I changed some ideas and my situation got hairy
Doing that in the South is a little bit scary

I opted out of college and found out quick
That the Praxis program was all too legit
Changing the world was my fantasy
So I thought, “Aw, yes
I’ll go to Atlanta, see?”

I pulled into the city and gave a big holler
And I got to tell you I was feeling like a baller
I started at BitPay
Now I’m still learning my trade
I got a lot to learn but I’ve got it made

Now you try it. Post it in the comments, even. If you succeed, you are permitted one Carlton dance.

James Walpole

James Walpole is a writer, startup marketer, and perpetual apprentice. You're reading his blog right now, and he really appreciates it. Don't let it go to his head, though.

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