Are You Too Young To Start Rapping?

So there seems to be this myth floating around that there’s an age restriction for rapping. I’ve heard it on both ends from people inquiring if they’re too old to be rapping as well as kids thinking that perhaps they’re too young. Interestingly enough I’ve discovered through conversing with these age conscious creatives that their concerns have been triggered for several underlining reasons. And it’s likely you have had some of these insecurities as well so let’s take a look at them and see if we can’t put these myths to rest.

ARE YOU TOO YOUNG TO BE RAPPING

Are You Too Young To Start Rapping?

I’m Not Marketable

Some of the younger aspiring rappers feel like they’re not marketable. This is likely due because most of the music they hear on the radio features older rappers who’s lyrical content boasts explicit lyrics and mature subject matter. This leaves them with familiar sentiments of not being tall enough to ride the roller coaster and being too young to drive the car.  They feel as if they have not yet been given the right of passage and are consequently left harboring a countenance of alienation.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years it’s that there’s a market for everything! Even if you can’t get your music on radio stations there’s so many more opportunities! For example if you’re only 12 years old and you’re heavily into Pokemon Go then make an awesome rap song about it and upload it to YouTube. There’s a ton of adults who love this game as well and it’s possible they may love your song as well! Who knows maybe you can submit your song to The Pokemon Company and they may decide to feature it in one of their commercials or future game releases!

I have Nothing To Say

Often times younger rappers feel they have nothing to say because they’re comparing themselves to rappers who are much older. Since they can’t brag about their cars or how much money they’ve acquired they feel disqualified. While it’s true they don’t have all the same life experiences as their older counterparts they still have much in common than meets the eye because who hasn’t been young right?

What grownup can’t relate to having their first crush? Or how they used to hate cleaning their rooms and being grounded? What about when you tried to talk yourself out of a whoopin or when you found out Santa Clause wasn’t real? (Spoiler Alert).

How about the period of time you had to walk around with teeth missing or when you got in trouble at school for disrupting the class and couldn’t play kick ball during recess. Oh one more! What about that time when you was four years old and discovered how to operate your parents lighter and you set your room on fire?..No? Okay maybe that one was just me. lol!

See there’s tons of life experiences you can talk about regardless of how young you are and grownups can relate to it!

I Don’t Have Any Money

So perhaps you’re not old enough to legally work to invest into yourself but there’s still things you can do to earn money.

Ask people if they’ll pay you to..

  • Wash their car
  • Cut their grass
  • Rake leaves
  • Shovel snow
  • Tend to their pets when they’re out of town
  • Clean their house
  • Cut their hair
  • Babysit
  • Bake them fresh cookies
  • Perform a magic show

Even if there’s absolutely no way you can make money you can still create a YouTube account for free, find you some free instrumentals , use some free software or just record yourself live with a smartphone with the music playing in the background and upload that sucker to YouTube and get the word to all your friends! Always remember it’s not about what you have it’s about what you do with what you have.

I’m To Young To Make A Career Out Of Rapping

You know how you’ve been often asked what you want to be when you grow up? Well I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to wait until a certain age to be somebody. You’re somebody right now! Allow me to show you a few examples of young rappers who’ve made a sustainable career for themselves.

Kriss Kross

Kris Kross was an early 90’s rap group duo which consisted of Mac Daddy (12 years old) and Daddy Mac (11 years old).

Under the tutelage of Jermaine Dupri they sold four million copies in the U.S. of their debut albulm “Totally Krossed Out”which included the hit single “Jump”, which went on to top the Billboard Hot 100 charts for eight weeks, “becoming the first rap song to have achieved such a long stay at the top. No other rap song had ever led the charts for that length of time!

LiL Bow Wow

Lil’ Bow Wow released his first album, Beware of Dog in 2000 at the age of 13. He to was also signed to Jermaine Dupri’s record label So So Def. Bow Wow’s album debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard charts and sold 1o1,000 copies the very first week!

Bow Wow continued to release new music and became a movie star appearing in films such as, All About the Benjamins, Like Mike, Johnson Family Vacation, Roll Bounce and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift to name a few. In 2013 he also become the official host of BET’s hit show 106 & Park.

LiL Romeo

In the early 2000s LiL Romeo son of music mogul Master P, signed to his father popular record label “No Limit Records” at the age of 12. His debut single “My Baby” went on to be certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. In 2001 Romeo released his debut album  “Lil ‘Romeo” and it was charted on the US Billboard 200 at number six & went on to be certified gold, selling over 500,000 copies!

LiL Romeo continued to release new music and in 2002 was offered is own Nickelodeon show “Romeo!”. The show was a success and ran for three consecutive seasons. Romeo later made his way to the big screen while appearing in films such as Jumping the Broom and Madea’s Witness Protection.

LiL Wayne

In 1991, at the age of nine, Lil Wayne joined Cash Money Records as the youngest member of the label. A few years later in 1996, Lil Wayne formed the southern hip hop group Hot Boys.

Most of the group’s success came in 1999 from their platinum-selling album Guerrilla Warfare and subsequent single “Bling Bling”. During the same year Wayne released his debut solo album “The Block Is Hot” which also became certified platinum!

LiL Wayne continued to consistently release new music. In 2008 he dropped Tha Carter III which became his most successful album to date, with first-week sales reaching an impressive one million copies in the United States alone! The album won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album which also included the hit singles “Lollipop”, “A Milli” and “Got Money”.

Lil Wayne has sold over 100 million records worldwide making him one of the best-selling artists of all time! And remember he started pursuing his career in music at the tender age of only nine years old!

No Excuses

No matter how young you are it’s never to early to start pursuing your dreams. Yes, you will inevitably have naysayers who doubt you can achieve anything great at a young age but opinions are like butt-holes; everyone has one and they all STINK!! So do what you love, have fun and be yourself!

How Did I Do? 

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Comments

  1. Jayden says

    Hey cole I would love to talk in person to you I have some stuff I’d like to be able to talk to you about I’m doing some research and I’ve recently got into the bis of doing songwriting and I was just wondering if we could work together since I kind of want to work up my rap game thank for the advice you give its really good btw

  2. Clarence says

    Cole what about to.old what is the cut off age u beleive and how will people know how old u are anyway

    • says

      Hey Clarence, there isn’t a cut off age and people won’t know how old you are unless you tell them. There are rappers that are in their 50’s that still are rapping and performing live. For example Biz Markie. Thank for reading and commenting! I appreciate it Clarence! :)

  3. Vinay kumar says

    Im 22 now and i started rapping at the age of 19 but still im unable to find my own flow what should i do to find it.im confused…if u tell me that means it will be very helpful

      • Lucky says

        Oh yea cole how do you make your own rap name i like lucky to start with u know what i mean i was thinking of lucky 13 it stand for lucky mexican but i dont like it because lucky 13 is a tatoo name and if i choose lucky mexican its too long i want a short name if you can help me it would be very helpful

        • says

          Hey Lucky, that’s a good question. Coming up with a good rap name often takes a bit of time of through ideas back and forth until something sticks. If you haven’t already make sure you read my article on picking a good rap name as it will give you lots of tips and advice on how to see if you’ve come up with a good name or not. I think Lucky is a good place to start now your just got to figure something that works before or after it. Wishing you the best with it! :) – Cole Mize

  4. Ronniel Belandres says

    Hey Cole, how can you feel about a 14 yr. old like me who is interested on subject matters like government, family, life, and social issues? :)

  5. STR says

    I am a 13 year old boy(from Greece)and I rap at school events and I am trying to start a band.I want advice on how to organise concerts.

  6. Justin says

    so how do I make sure what I write down isn’t bad or whack. The reason I ask this is because I thought about showing my friends but I thought maybe I would make myself look like an idiot or no body would listen and loose interest. So before I share my masterpiece, how do I go through and make sure its what I want by myself

    • says

      Hey Justin, well you’re the only person that can answer that question. Who knows what you want better than you? However if you would like a professional opinion about your work I offer a 1 on 1 coaching service here on my website that will help you out tremendously! If you have any further questions let me know. Thanks! :) – Cole Mize

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