National Geographic : 1990 Aug
"It was wonderful to witness the love, sharing, and unity through music that have helped bridge the generation gap for John Blake and his children." Having grown up in a family of talented musicians him self, jazz violinist John Blake passes along his skills to his children, Johnathan, Beverly, and Jennifer. "I was surprisedto find that such young musicians rappeda message that showed a keen sense of what is go ing on in the world. It was poetic." Drawing upon an African American tradition that makes eloquence the vehicle of wisdom, Ryan "R Rock" Johnson, at right, and fellow rapper Pernell "Nell Ski" Ghee fill their sharp-edged rhymes with political meaning.