Pre-Teen Rappers Are Apparently A Thing Now in Hip Hop

Before social media, kids who were looking to make a name for themselves started off at Kidz Bop and Disney. Now that social media is embedded into our lives, this era of music is constantly saturated with ‘artists’ of all ages, but today we’ll be focusing on pre-teens.

From YouTube, Soundcloud and other social media platforms, literally anyone can dive into hip hop, rap, pop; you name it. Below are four pre-teen ‘hip hop artists’ making their premature impact on music.

1) Matt OX – 13 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Matt OX, is a viral pre-teen ‘trapstar’. Repping Philadelphia, the 13-year-old gained virality after uploading his video “Overwhelming”.

Matt OX is supported by F1lthy, a member of the Working On Dying collective. F1lthy acts as his official manager, producer and audio engineer. Most of Matt’s videos have received millions of views and has collaborated with artists like XXXTENTACION, Lil Yachty, PnB Rock, Lil Pump, and Metro Boomin.

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The self-proclaimed Fidget Spinner Kid also likes to use fidget spinners in his music videos.

2) Lil Tay – 9 – Atlanta, Georgia

Lil Tay is a 9-year-old artist who’s Instafamous for flexing her bands. She was recently in the fight with Woah Vicky and Bhad Bhabie and has an upcoming music video with Chief Keef.

3) Baby Kaely  – 13 – Newark, New Jersey

Baby Kaely is a YouTuber with over a million subscribers, who was featured on “Ghetto Ghetto” by Will.i.Am. She also made a Sandy Hook Elementary School tribute called “Heaven”, which was directed and produced by Will.i.Am.


4) Jayla Marie – 13 – New York City, New York

Jayla is known for her “JMIXES”; remixes of today’s popular R&B and hip hop records featured on her YouTube channel. She competed on The Rap Game (Season 2) and gained popularity by covering songs from artists like LL Cool J, Kid Ink, and Fabolous.

I mean, at least these kids are staying out of trouble? With some having connections with musical legends, it’s really hard to gauge if what these kids are doing is impactful or not. Then again, with proper guidance hopefully they will be able to develop their talent as they get older.

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Howdy, I am Matthew. I write sometimes and I sit at The Lunch Table.

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