Rick Steves Raps: ‘Europe Through The Back Door is Pretty Much the Bomb!’

Travel Blog  •  Michael Yessis  •  01.07.08 | 1:02 PM ET

imageNow here’s a man who knows how to annoy his kids—and who isn’t afraid of appearing “butt-clenchingly bad.” That’s one comment on his blog post containing audio of “some sick rhymes” he recorded for his daughter’s high school radio station.

The station will air his rap “several times a day all year long” in exchange for a donation. Other comments about his rapping ability range from “If annoyance was your goal… ...Mission Accomplished!” to “That shizz is ill, boo.”

My take? No surprises here. Rick Steves rapping sounds exactly how I would have imagined Rick Steves rapping: Stiff and corny and, somehow, all the more lovable for it.

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* Q&A with Rick Steves: Reflections on Three Decades of World Travel
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4 Comments for Rick Steves Raps: ‘Europe Through The Back Door is Pretty Much the Bomb!’

Kelsey 01.07.08 | 2:22 PM ET

His daughter is going to go to college and never, ever come back. I wouldn’t blame her.

I can’t imagine this ad would generate the first sale from a high school student.  In fact, if they already had purchased a Rick Steve’s book they might return it.

Justin 01.07.08 | 2:25 PM ET

Oh my god, this is absolutely horrible. I love it!

Michael Yessis 01.07.08 | 4:49 PM ET

Sweet photoshop work on the Gadling post, Justin.


I’d love see him dress like that on PBS.

TambourineMan 01.08.08 | 1:42 PM ET

Rick should change his name to Dr Steves and cut an album. Justin, get to work on photoshopping Rick’s face into this cover:


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