Out of the mouths of babes.
Hip-Hop has been a part of my life since I was a little girl. Though I was too young to listen to a lot of the hardcore rap that was out in the early 90s, there were some rappers who made music for the kids. Well, kinda. There is a ton of music that we still love today that was made by teens. Hip-Hop will always be a youthful genre and the music will forever keep artists on their toes to create more and more. From Ahmad to Lil Wayne, these artists made bomb hits when they were underage.
Wu-Tang affiliate and younger cousin of Ghostface Killah, Shyheim gave us a first row seat to what everyday looked like for him back home in Staten Island. From his crack-selling mother to his grandfather getting shot in a parking lot, “On and On” tells the story of the then-14-year-old’s every day hood struggle. The ’94 song peaked at #7 on Billboard and instantly turned him into a hip-hop celebrity.
“Back in the days when I was young I’m not a kid anymore but some days I sit and wish I was a kid again.” I used to always wonder why older folks would love this song so much, but now that I’m older, I see why. Ahmad rocked the 1994 joint, “Back in the Day” at 19 and it still rings as a classic for those from the 90s and beyond.
B.G. stamped his place in the game with his 1999 hit single, “Bling Bling.” With a video featuring a bowl of money, a number of cars, and a ton of girls, B.G. made this the anthem for hustlers. At just 18, the baby gangsta made a song that is still relevant in the Cash Money/Young Money lifestyle.