16 Rappers' Kids Headed for Stardom


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Christopher "CJ" Wallace Jr.

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He was barely 5 months old when his father, Notorious B.I.G, was gunned down on March 9, 1997. Now the 15-year-old actor is preparing for his own superstardom. Wallace, Biggie's son with singer Faith Evans, delivered a solid performance as the younger version of his dad in the 2009 biopic Notorious. In 2011, he starred alongside Will Ferrell in the comedy-drama Everything Must Go. It's clear Wallace has the acting bug, but does he also want to be a rapper like his dad? "Probably. But first I want to go to college," he told Interview magazine.

Romeo and Cymphonique Miller

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Master P built quite the rap empire with No Limit Records in the '90s, and it looks like he's hoping to build quite the legacy with his showbiz kids. Most remember his son as Lil' Romeo, the tweeny-bopper rapper who was 12 when he scored big with his 2001 self-titled debut album. Now 22, Romeo's all grown up and is into everything from music to modeling to acting, most recently landing a roll in 2011's Jumping the Broom and finishing in the top five in the 12th season of Dancing With the Stars. His sister Cymphonique, 15, is also an actress and a singer, currently starring in Nickelodeon's How to Rock.

OMG and Doughboy

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Rappers OMG (center) and Doughboy (left) say their father, Ice Cube, is a tough critic, which makes sense, as Cube was largely responsible for the widespread popularity of West Coast rap in the early 90s. Cube introduced OMG to the world in a freestyle on YouTube in 2010. OMG and Doughboy followed up by landing a coveted slot in "The Cypher" at the 2010 BET Hip-Hop Awards, and they've been making noise in underground circuits ever since.

Blue Ivy Carter


We know. This is a bit of a reach. Obviously there is no way to know for sure whether or not Jay-Z and Beyoncé's 3-month-old daughter has aspirations for showbiz. But ask Gwyneth Paltrow, Beyoncé's close friend, and she'll tell you that Blue is destined to be a star just like her mother. Either way, we think it's pretty impressive that Blue is the youngest person ever to land on a Billboard chart, thanks to her guest appearance — yes, that's her crying in the background — on "Glory," the song her father wrote and dedicated to her.

Diggy Simmons

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Diggy, the son of Run DMC's Rev Run, seemed poised for success since he starred with his family on the hit reality TV show Run's House from 2005. When the show went off-air in 2009, the 16-year-old released his debut mixtape, The First Flight, which netted more than 100,000 downloads. Then he set the Internet abuzz in 2010 when he rapped over Nas' "Made You Look," which got a stamp of approval from Kanye West. Simmons was also listed on Billboard's "Artists to Watch 2011." He's currently signed to Atlantic Records.

Angela and Vanessa Simmons

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Diggy wasn't the only one from the Simmons clan to jump into showbiz, and it's clear that these aren't typical preachers' kids. The Simmons sisters have become quite the socialites, but they do have artistic claims to fame, with both sisters dabbling in modeling and acting. Angela (right) posed nude for PETA last year and Vanessa (left) has a role in the upcoming film Dysfunctional Friends, starring Stacey Dash.

Samaria Smith

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Samaria, 15, is the stunning daughter of rapper LL Cool J and a model for the cellphone case company Cellairis by Elle & Blair. Cellairis is her first campaign, but we can expect more modeling from this young beauty.

Selah Marley

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With Bob Marley for a grandfather and Lauryn Hill for a mother, it's probably hard to avoid the spotlight. The verdict is still out on whether or not Selah inherited those musical genes, but it's clear that the young beauty got her mother's good looks. Last year at age 12, Selah began modeling and was featured in Teen Vogue magazine, where she spoke about the pressure of being the offspring of two legends. "People tell me I have to follow in the footsteps of my mom and grandfather, but it's a lot of pressure — I can't really slip up and mess up the name."

Zonnique Pullins

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Rapper T.I.'s stepdaughter, Zonnique Pullins (right), is a member of the girl group OMG Girlz, managed by T.I's wife, Tameka "Tiny" Cottle. Formed in 2009, the group got its start on Cottle's BET reality show Tiny and Toya, and was part of the 2011 Scream Tour, which also featured Diggy Simmons.

Corey Gunz

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Peter Gunz, a rapper most remembered for his massive 1997 hip-hop anthem, "Déjà Vu (Uptown Baby)," passed the baton to his son, Corey. Gunz is currently signed to Cash Money Records and can boast of several guest verses, the most notable being his verse on Lil' Wayne's 2011 single "6 Foot 7 Foot."

Cori B

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Snoop Dogg's daughter, Cori B, is an aspiring singer, and released a video in 2011 for her first single, "Do My Thang." The talented 12-year-old, who was diagnosed with lupus in 2005, says the feel-good song has a simple message. "Just be myself and don't care what people say," she said about the song at a live performance.

Willow and Jaden Smith

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No matter how hard we try to remove this fact from our collective memory, it's true. Will Smith used to rap. The "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" emcee's children are arguably the most accomplished and most famous progeny on our list. Willow, at 10, shocked the world with her 2010 catchy, girl-power anthem "Whip My Hair," which peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. Her 13-year-old brother Jaden won an MTV award for his performance in the 2007 film, The Pursuit of Happyness and starred alongside Jackie Chan in The Karate Kid in 2010. Jaden also gave a guest appearance on Justin Bieber's hit "Never Say Never."

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