Family Ties: 7 Rappers Who Finally Grew Up
From constantly talking about money, cars and…well, you know the other one (*sad face*), many rappers go through that stage where they only talk about ignorant ish. Whether it’s to garner mainstream fans or because that’s simply all they’re into, it has become the regular routine. But there comes a point in life when every player has to grow up, and that usually occurs when the once making-it-rain-in-the-club bachelor meets the right woman and starts a family. Or so we hope. A handful of rappers we were once lusting after, waving our hands to in the club and singing their lyrics in the car that we couldn’t say outside of it, have subtly grown up before our eyes. Check out our list of rappers who we are glad to see have decided to get some act right for all the right reasons.
The former drug dealer who riddled his way out of the Marcy projects is now a respected business man. Serving as part-owner of the New Jersey Nets, Jay-Z has also received over 14 Grammy Awards and has sold over 50 million albums worldwide.
Jay-Z’s growth as a rapper and businessman has made him a national superstar whose music transcends various ethnicities and backgrounds. Still Mr. Carter’s proudest accomplishment, other than his marriage to Beyoncé in 2008, is becoming father to a daughter, Blue Ivy. After releasing a song to his newborn daughter immediately following her birth, Jay-Z made a sentimental father’s vow. In addition, the media reported that he made another vow: to stop saying the B-word in his songs. While it was later reported that this vow was actually never made from the 42-year-old rapper, we still couldn’t help but notice his growth over the years.
Formerly of the group, N.W.A, rapper Ice Cube was most notably known for his affiliation with the streets and hardcore lyrics (and Jheri Curl juice). Who knew that the rapper who rhymed about his disgust for authority would become an actor, director, and producer making family-oriented films? Hey, you have to admit, Are We There Yet? was kind of cute…
A father of five, Ice Cube has also been married to his wife, Kimberly, since 1992. Wonder why we never talk about that long lasting black love?
Considering himself an O.G. since before some of us were even born, Ice-T has been around for quite some time. Still, we’ve seen his growth as hardcore rapper to now a sought after actor (playing cops of all things…shocker, right!?), father and husband. He and his wife Coco, although a bit over the top, have been married for more than 10 years. Their relationship shows a softer side of the old-school, hardcore rapper. And granted, he still acts a fool from time to time (remember his short-lived beef with Soulja Boy?), but hey, we all have our moments.
Okay, so maybe he’s not as ‘grown-up’ as we would like, but the guy has definitely made some progress. From dodging the cops in “Murder Was The Case” and doing so in real life, to now dodging footballs being thrown as coach to his son’s youth team and a high school football team, Snoop has grown from a self-proclaimed ‘G’ to a bonafide family man. That had to be a long way to come. Now, if he could only get past all that weed smoking and shower cap wearing in public.
LL Cool J
While he’s always made songs for the ladies, LL has grown from the kid from Hollis, Queens to an award-winning rapper and actor. From providing us with the eye candy (think licking of the lips) to apologizing over melodies with everyone from Jennifer Lopez to Boyz II Men, LL has shown much progress over the years. It takes a lot for a man to go from claiming he’ll knock folks out and professing that he likes doing it wild, to saying he’ll love you better. Yeah, the brotha has changed up his sound big time.
We’ve always seen him with his beautiful wife Simone by his side, who he has been married to for more than 15 years, and his kids even show up in his music videos, showing that he’s allowing his family to be involved in all facets of his life. “Go ‘head daddy!”
No rapper was off limits to 50 Cent’s rants when he first hit the scene. Every week, 50 Cent, aka Curtis Jackson, was in a different publicized beef with somebody. Anybody.
But nowadays, he’s ditching the drama and fitted hats, and we’ve now welcomed an older 50 Cent equipped with three-piece suits, acting skills (always good to have a backup plan), a lot more business sense, and a fella that enjoys campaigning for various non-profit organizations. He still likes to throw shade from time to time, but for the most part, these days, he just chills in the cut and collect that money.
Although T.I’s latest reality show T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle is arguably one of the most staged shows on reality TV, the rapper still attempts to show he’s grown from the young street rapper with more ammunition than the Atlanta Police Department, to a businessman and dedicated father.
Still possessing that charisma we’ve grown to love, we’re now seeing a softer side of the rapper in his role as husband and father, one that was getting oh so overshadowed after those back to back years of legal trouble.
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