There comes a time in adolescence when we start noticing those younger than ourselves making moves--and headlines
We all remember the first time our younger or smaller friend bested us physically; we remember Lebron James making it rain while kids his age were bumping Fat Joe and studying for their algebra tests. It's not easy to accept. Whether it's read in People Magazine, realized in physical competition, or discovered in the classroom, being surpassed by a youngster is an off-putting notion, one that has me thinking one thing: I'm gettin' old at age nineteen.
The following five emcees don't help ease my concerns. Ranging from ages sixteen to eighteen, these rising stars seem more qualified to teach poetry than their high school English teachers. While hitting the game young isn't unheard of, these emcees aren't putting out Lil' Poopy caliber cuts, nothing like Lil Wayne circa 1995. Rather, all five possess a natural flow and a mature mind, more Big L than Lil' Ro'.
For those of you who are wondering, the mini MC in the picture is Lil' P-Nut, a memphis native who grabbed the mic at age 4 and dropped this video , which has gotten over three million youtube views, at age 8. Crazy right? He didn't quite make the list, but he definitely deserves a shout out.
Joey Bada$$: The Pro Era Golden Boy with a Golden Era Flow
The barely legal Brooklyn rhymesayer released his solo debut, 1999, over the summer, and was awarded best mixtape of the year by HipHopDX, and the number 38 spot on Complex's best albums of 2012 list. The fact that Joey celebrated his eighteenth in the end of January 2013, but dropped "Unorthodox" earlier in the same month means the Pro Era member worked with legendary producer DJ Premier at a younger age than Nas did circa Illmatic. Joey Bada$$ has also caught the eye of 9th Wonder, another production giant, and Bada$$ signed with Cinematic Music Group at the unprecedented age of sixteen.
Watch the video for "Unorthodox", and hear what Bada$$ can do with a DJ Premier beat, and cop em here