PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Chestnut Hill grandmother has released a rap video that is gaining major traction on social media. This rapping granny has a message and she’s hoping America responds.
At 84 years young, Dr. Lucille Ijoy is not your typical grandma. A family therapist by trade, she’s a motivational speaker and radio host. She’s known to sing, dance and rap to get her point across.
“I do it to help children, to help families, to help couples,” Ijoy says. “I love it when I can see people’s relationships evolve.”
Those who know “Grandma Ijoy” also know she is a huge fan of President Barack Obama. She’s created buttons and a song, “There’s a Thankful Movement Going On,” hoping to spark a sea of gratitude directed at the White House.
“He’s cool,” she says, “you see him coming down off that airplane — whenever he steps off the plane my phone starts ringing!”
Recently, Grandma Ijoy teamed up with Emmy Award-winning producer Bill Jolly. He threw out her song and helped her come up with a rap titled, “Listen to Grandmama.” The goal is to get America to say “Thank you to Obama.”
“I just have that thank you spirit,” she says.
The next thing Grandma Ijoy knew she was the star in a rap music video, which shows her dancing, swimming and even flying thanks to a green screen in Jolly’s Overbrook studio. Grandma Ijoy get’s “funky” while reminding people to “mind their manners.”
“It was fun,” she says, laughing.
“She was just a joy, she was amazing,” says Jolly.
The song is so catchy, they’re hoping people start dancing too.
“I think it could be as popular as Gagum Style,” he says.