Who is the Youngest Rapper to become Famous
Rapping is not just for the twenty-year-olds. In fact, children are now dominating the rapping scene.
In fact, nine year old Willow Smith tore her way into the rapping world with her “Whip My Hair” rapping sensation.
has noted that young rappers have always been around. Just because they are too young to drink, too young to drive, too young to vote, and too young to enlist in the military, they are old enough to technically master the skills required to be a rapper!
Since the 1980s, young kids have been showing up the adults and securing their spots in rapping history all before they are of legal age!
We are going to pay homage to the top young rappers who became famous for their craft as children—making our childhoods look very boring and unsuccessful!
1. L. L. Cool J
His real name is James Todd Smith, and from a young age, he fell in love with the music industry. When he was only nine years old, he ran away from home, which was sadly a very troubling upbringing—and became dedicated to mastering the turntable. By the time he was 16, he was producing dope tunes and snaggle a solo album. He created the stage name L.L. Cool J from his confidence that Ladies Love Cool James. Touche, we definitely do love you! Since his teenage success, L.L. Cool J transitioned into acting, which he was equally successful at!
2. Hot Boys
This collection of teenage rappers became an absolute sensation, who made their way onto the Billboard Charts at just 15 years old. The youngest member of this group happened to be Lil Wayne, who later went on to create a legendary status that will forever be a place in rapping history. We are all hoping for a Hot Boys reunion at some stage and are very thankful this group gave Lil Wayne the start to a tremendous rapping career.
Toddlers can rap too! Jordy was only four years old when his rap solo came out in the 1990s. His solo because a hit, even reaching the clubs in Europe! But at four years old and experiencing so much stardom, his parents came under scrutiny, and soon he disappeared from the limelight. While he prefers to be in bands over being a solo rapper as an adult, Jordy proved that anyone can rap, toddlers included!
4. Lil Bow Wow
Raise your hand if you had a teenage crush on this little superstar! We sure did! He was only 13 years old when he released his first album under the guidance of Snoop Dogg and began his rapping career at 11. Lil Bow Wow was the reason that rap music because so popular with all the school girls and showed that the genre could also have a sense of innocence to it as well. He has now dropped the “Lil” from his name and has continued his career as a big screen movie star, snagging roles in The Fast and the Furious and Tokyo Drift. What a legend this little rapper turned movie star is!
5. Soulja Boy
This 16 year old released the single that made its way to every high school prom night. Soulja Boy is actually also the youngest songwriter and producer to ever get a hit song to number one on the Billboard Charts. But his success didn’t just happen overnight. He started rapping when he was six years old and began recording at age fourteen. The teenager established himself worthy of the ranks amongst adult rappers and is still a force to be reckoned with!
Little girls can rap too, which P-Star proved when she was nine years old. Her real name is Priscilla Diaz, and before she became a tween, her rap songs had made their way into night clubs! She not only records hit rap songs but also dominates rap battles against other children and adults! She is so good that PBS even made a documentary on her! She is well through her teenage years now and undoubtedly transitioned into a seasoned performer, song writer, dancer, and rapper! Without P-Star, we might not be seeing the uptake of other little rap superstars today, such as Willow Smith!
7. Lil Noo Noo
This ten year old created a viral rap and dance to go along with it that was dubbed the “noo noo”! Hailing from Mississippi, Lil Noo Noo got her start by getting featured on her father’s album. Since the release, she has been on an upward spiral towards indefinite fame, with the ability to act and dance as well. Consider her Willow Smith’s biggest competition!
Rapping is an art form. It is not subject to certain ages, races, sexes, or cultures. Anyone can rap, including little ten year old superstars that grown ups will dance to!
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