One thing we often find in music is that talent and musical ability tend to run in the family. That is exactly the case in the following feature we have for your reading pleasure today.
In this article, we are talking about rappers you didn’t know were related. It’s a diverse list indeed: we have some West Coast giants in the mix, a couple of Hip-Hop super groups and even a couple of father-and-son duos. From lyrical ability to killer deliveries, these talented families have defined Hip-Hop over the past few decades. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by some of these familial revelations. So without any further ado, check out the list below.
10. Dr. Dre & Warren G
We all know Dr. Dre as the multi-millionaire rapper, producer and entrepreneur behind the popular headphones, Beats by Dre. His roots run extremely deep in the rap game, from being a main part of the gangster rap group NWA to discovering Snoop Dogg and propelling the career of Eminem.
Did you also know that 90s rapper-producer Warren G. is directly related to Dre? He happens to be Dre’s step-brother, and judging from the hits he had back in the day like “This D.J.” and “Regulate,” he may be just as talented.
9. Chris Rivers & Big Pun
The Hip-Hop arena has entered into another Golden Era with talented emcees popping up all over the country. Rappers like Kendrick Lamar, J.Cole and Big Sean are proving that it’s possible to have lyrical skills and have mainstream appeal also.
An underground rapper from NYC making a lot of noise in the past two years is the Bronx upstart, Chris Rivers. He has a raw and ferocious style and has already been cosigned by rap heroes like The L.O.X. and Joell Ortiz. The important thing to note about Chris Rivers is that he is the son of the deceased super-lyrical rapper, Big Pun. For those who don’t know, Big Pun was the first Latin rapper ever to have a platinum selling album.
8. Ice Cube & Del The Funky Homosapien
Ice Cube is one of the few rappers on the scene who has been able to maneuver perfectly from his origins as a gangster rapper to becoming a major force in the realm of Hollywood. He’s an extremely gifted and creative individual, and it seems that this trait definitely runs in the family.
Cube has a cousin named Del The Funky Homosapien who happens to be a much-loved rapper by Hip-Hop purists. Del is from Oakland, CA and has developed a loyal following since the early 90s with his unique persona and unorthodox rhyme patterns. For those not familiar with Del’s music, please google his name and get acquainted. Trust us, you won’t regret it.
7. Consequence & Q-Tip
One of the best rap groups to ever emerge from NYC is the eclectic NYC crew, A Tribe Called Quest. The group consists of rappers Q-Tip, Pfife Dawg and producer Ali Shaheed Mohammed. One of their most respected albums was Beats Rhymes and Life, and many of the songs featured a young Queens rapper named Consequence or “Cons” for short.
Cons is still active in the rap game and is actually a regular feature on VH1’s Love and Hip-Hop. One of the reasons that Consequence got to feature on so many songs on the Tribe Called Quest album is that apart from being a skilled rapper, he also happens to be Q-Tip’s first cousin.
6. Cory Gunz & Peter Gunz
One of the major stories making the rounds in Hip-Hop in 2015 is the falling out of Lil Wayne with his mentor and label manager, Baby “Birdman” Williams. This situation has caused a huge rift behind the artists on Cash Money Records and those on the Young Money label.
One artist signed to the latter label is the talented NYC rapper Cory Gunz. He has been tipped to be the next breakthrough star for several years but somehow, his spotlight moment hasn’t really arrived. But did you know that Cory is the son of the 90s NYC rapper Peter Gunz who currently stars on Love & Hip-Hop, New York? Lyrical ability and rapping skills certainly run in the family.
5. Juicy J & Project Pat
There is no doubt about it: Hip-Hop is definitely a young man’s game. The culture and music are built on youth and rebellion, so when a rapper starts to venture deeper into their 30s and 40s, it becomes more difficult for them to remain relevant.
One rapper who has been able to buck that trend is the Memphis rapper Juicy J. He just turned 40, and in recent years, he has enjoyed hits with acts like Katy Perry and Wiz Khalifa. Juicy happens to have another brother in the rap game named Project Pat who is pretty successful, too. Some of Pat’s greatest hits include “Sipping on Some Syrup” and “Chicken Head.”
4. Xzibit & Tre Capital
You know that Hip-Hop is getting older when you start hearing about more and more rappers with sons taking up the family trade. One such father and son pair consists of Xzibit and his young son Tre Capital.
Xzibit first made noise with his music and then became hugely popular as the host of MTV’s Pimp My Ride. The X-to-the-Z went on to star in television and film and now his young son Tre Capital is following in his rapping footsteps. Young Tre has two critically acclaimed mixtapes under his belt, and he’s certainly one of the young West Coast rappers to watch in the coming year.
3. Snoop Dogg & Daz
We already spoke about two giants of the West Coast music scene with Dr. Dre and Warren G., and now we are going to delve a little deeper. Snoop Dogg aka Uncle Snoop is one of the godfathers of West Coast Rap music. One of the great things he did when he blew up on the scene in the 90s was sharing the success with his family.
He brought along his cousin Daz Dillinger as part of The Dogg Pound crew. The Dogg Pound crew was first formed in 1992 and Daz and his rhyming partner Kurupt are going strong till this day.
2. Pras & Wyclef
In the mid-90s, one of the biggest rap groups on the scene was the New Jersey trio known as The Fugees. Their sophomore album titled The Score was released in 1996 and it was a monster worldwide hit. The group consisted of 2 guys: Pras and Wyclef along with the breakout female star, Lauryn Hill.
Wyclef and Lauryn ended up having a romantic relationship that didn’t quite work out, but what most people don’t know is that Pras and Wyclef were also cousins. Honestly, this is one group we really wished stayed together; they produced some musical gold.
1. The Gza, Rza & Ol’ Dirty Bastard
They may not be as popular as they once were, but in their heyday, the Wu-Tang was the biggest hip-Hop force in the universe. The 10-man crew just had so many charismatic personalities, ranging from Method Man to Ghostface Killah and Inspectah Deck.
The foundation of the crew and the architects of the movement were The Rza, The Gza and Ol’ Dirty Bastard. What most people don’t know is the aforementioned NYC trio were also cousins. They actually formed a group called FOI (Force of The Imperial Masters) before expanding into the Wu-Tang Clan.