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.
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.”
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.”
That may be true, but his lyrics are certainly those of a grown man. Arteaga is currently working on other songs that will deal with bullying and violence.
“There’s too many shootings. Even little people like me are getting killed,” Arteaga told the Daily News. “I see a lot of different things on the news. We gotta stop the killings.”
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