These rappers were flexin' way before they got in the booth
We’re used to hearing this similar narrative: Rappers come up struggling, making ends meet any way necessary and rising to fame through hot 16s telling their story. Then there are rappers that had all the luxuries they could handle way before they started laying down tracks. As an “inheritance” artist, hip hop was a way to follow the family business. Does having the big bank account before your rap career help or hurt your chances of making it big?
Tommy Hilfiger’s son is the poster child for “celeb-son-turned-tatted-up-rebel.” Growing up, Ricky was surrounded with wealth, as well as hip-hop artists due to his dad’s position in the fashion game. Hil started rapping as a teen and eventually landed a deal with Warner Bros. Even with his 18 mixtapes and collabs with the likes of The Weeknd, Ricky Hil is still looked at as the celeb son who shouldn’t rap.
The No Limit Soldier Master P thrust Lil’ Romeo into the rap game at the age of five. Romeo started by writing a song about his love interest titled “My Baby.” Lil’ Romeo was born, and his playful raps earned him several gold and platinum albums.
Romeo has since fallen off the rap game quite a bit, but is still finding minor roles in movies and commercials.
When your parents are actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith, you’re going to be set up pretty nicely. Jaden was paid an easy $3 million for his role in The Karate Kid, making him one of the highest paid child stars. Much like the Fresh Prince, Smith decided to start rapping at the age of 15.
With a feature on Justin Bieber’s “Never Say Never,” Jaden seems to be connected to the right people to make a splash if he can stay focused.