2-Year-Old San Diego Prodigy Raps Presidents, Capitals

SAN DIEGO (CBS) — At just two years old, a San Diego toddler is full of all kinds of knowledge.  From history, to geography, this little genius can dazzle you with skills most adults would envy.  Reporter Larry Himmel found out just what the talented tot can do.

If you wanna know what Rockford Ramirez knows, all you have to is turn on a camera and he’ll rap you all of the presidents.

He did it with ease for us.

With encouragement from his parents, Rocky and Raquel, and a kid-friendly iPhone app, Rockford has developed an inquisitive attitude.

Tell him you want to know the capital of each state, and, well, all you have to do is turn on a camera.

In fact, the prodigy is so tech-savvy, his mother began finding pictures on her Facebook page that she didn’t post.

“He’s not allowed to look at pictures or videos on our iPhones,” she told CBS2.

Now that Rockford has conquered the country and counted the presidents, he’s moving onto the continents.

“He can count up to 100 and identify numbers up to 1,000, and can read, I’d say, at about the kindergarten or first grade level,”

All this leaves his parents proud, amazed, and somewhat confused.

“He knows stuff that we don’t,” his mother laughs.

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  • Mike_D

    CBS2 Cameraman: When there is a hot Mom photo op, you need to get more shots of her. Cool kid though, but seriously; she’s hot.

    • Joel

      That rap and $4, will get you a cup of coffee

    • Tom Jackson

      The reporter is hot, the mom not so much

  • William

    I swear the people who work here are idiots. Cute kid, but he isn’t a prodigy! This is strictly memorization, learned memorization, the same way a 2 year old knows his or her ABC’s.
    Definition of prodigy-” a person, esp a child, of unusual or marvellous talents”. A prodigy is able to calculate or understand something, not just memorize. For example, a prodigy chess player. Not taking anything away from the kid or his parents, but the title of this article doesn’t correlate with what we’ve seen.

    • Monique

      William you hit it right on the nose.

    • JMC

      I would say that any two year old that can read is pretty impressive. My oldest daughter began to read at the age of 4. She is the top reader in her class and still has been for the last 3 years. She is at one of the top schools in the county. Maybe not a prodigy, but pretty impressive to be able to read at a kindergarten level at that age.

      • Agtesque

        Both of my kids were reading at age 2. One is autistic and the other is neurotypical (NT). My youngest (NT) is in kindergarten this year and was tested at the beginning of the school year at the 4th grade reading level. Prodigy? Nah. And this kid is no prodigy either but good on his family for instilling a love of learning this early for him.

    • Fanny Forbes Franklen

      Maybe he can be flown to Washington D. C. to be a geography coach for Barry Soetoro, a.k.a. Obama, the Indonesian national that says there are 57 states.

      —— http://911essentials.com

    • TimL

      So um… Name all the presidents, states, and capitals?

      You are criticizing a 2 year old for something I highly doubt you can do.

  • Grndma Josie

    We all think our kids and especially grandkids are genius material!

    Wait – time will tell.

  • John

    This is not a mystery – the reason the kid is singing is because he’s been listening to the exact same geography cassette tapes I listened to when I was 5 or 6. I recognize the song and the tune, “Austin, Texas Yee-ha,” and the “Augusta is in Maine…” this is definitely the same memorization song. The kid isn’t a prodigy, he’s just been listening to the same couple songs again and again and memorized the words.

  • al einstein

    i couldn’t talk until 4 years old

  • Kwvin

    Enjoy it now. As he gets older the system will become more aware of how smart he is. The feminists that run US will not allow that. They will try to dumb him down, because he is obviously ADHD (according to all the shrinks that you all believe in). You will know how non-free your so called free county is sooner than you think sheep….

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  • Lee

    He’s not “rapping” the presidents, he’s reciting them! Tired of calling everything “rapping”. If he was he is extra WACK! Wonder how many 2 year old black kids out there who really can rap, who are being ignored.
    And yes, the mom IS hot.

    • mommylili

      Doesn’t matter if he’s reciting or rapping. Point is he will remember them!! Singing is the best way to memorize. That’s how I as an adult rememember the books of the bible in order or the fruits of the spirit =) The point is someone took the time to show him and practice with him.

  • summer

    This nation has drugged her kids with vaccines and all kinds of psychotropic drugs to the point where when you have a normal 2 year old doing things all children are capable of doing, the media calls him a genius. We have become accustomed to having teenagers who can’t read, do not want to study, do not want to work and no one asks why. Why? Because adults do not require them to rise to their full potential, and it starts when they are little, being taught that they are not the center of the universe and trained to do chores according to their age. And all this should be done with love and patience, but parents don’t have time and patience these days, and some do not want to be bothered with making sure that their kids are raised right from the start.
    As a result, we have a generation of spoiled brats who are rude, with a sense of entitlement like I have never seen before, lazy, no morals, disrespectful, just to name a few.

    • Janelle

      Amen! Tis true…all of my children (ages 8-3) know all of the stuff this boy can do…and strangely, they sing them to the same tune! Yes, we own the same CD this boy’s daycare does! I’m so sick of the low expectations we have for our children these days.

    • Jonathan

      summer, you hit the nail right on the head.

  • Steve-O

    Bright kid but this is obvious memorization. The alphabet, US states, US presidents, the continents etc. are all closed ended lists. Abnormal logic and calculation skills are what define true prodigies. The ability to create a mature painting starting from a bank canvas, or the ability to beat mature opponents in a game with millions of options such as Chess require open ended skills. Sorry Mr./Mrs. Ramirez .

    • yvette

      No reason to feel sorry for them, they have beautiful, smart boy to care for. We are all geniuses in our own right.

    • jonathan

      No Steve O, it is exceptional memorization for a two year old. I would be willing to bet this kid has at least a 120 IQ.

      No need to be sorry for the Mom.

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  • digger

    Amazing! Those that are tearing him and his parents down are likely those who are liberals who like to bring those down to their level to feel good about themselves which is why socialists (poor achievers) desire to equalize misery instead of actually bettering their lives through ‘real’ self esteem with achievement.

    Get your remedial education so you just might be as good as this kid one day. I wouldn’t count on it though because it’s not in your nature.

  • Catter

    Homeschooling in action people. Sorry, just the truth.

  • Rocky Ramirez

    Im the father. This is not the whole story! He can also read at a first grade level. He knows all his states and capitals. He can count to 100 and identify numbers up to 1000 and a whole lot more. This part made the news because its “cool”. Check out the links to see for yourself

    • Joe P.

      My son was equally as prodigious at this age. I would have never exploited him for the media, and although I have many videos of him doing this kind of stuff as a child, I would never put it on YouTube.

      In fact, he’s always asking me to put him on YouTube, but I have explained to him that our family and it’s endeavors are our own business.

    • Chris Edens

      Well I applaud you for just being involved! What a bright child you have and don’t mind the hater’s, prodigy or not, what a fine example you set for parental involvement in education. I will say children respond to encouragment and by shining the spotlight on the little guy he is feeling the “payback” for the hard work and dedication. What an EXCELLENT skill to give this child before he is even 3!

      We should all be celebrating! Keep up the great work!

  • Tony

    Another example of an unbalanced parent teaching their children dumbed down cultural garbage. Let the children be themselves instead of imposing on them what you think is cool! This is another part of what’s wrong with America!

    • Tony

      OK never mind my previous post! I just read the title that says… “Child raps…” and did not actually watch the video. I was wrong.

  • Hank Warren

    Illegal aliens and their ‘culture’, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our right:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama and sweep out the Congress.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

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  • NeoKong

    I think William got jealous because that little kid is smarter than he is.

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    The child is beautiful and obviously very smart, but not a prodigy. Unless he can come up with mathematical equations without being taught, write a symphony or music without being taught…that’s a prodigy.

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