Barely two days after his and Beyonce's baby Blue Ivy Carter was born, Jay-Z put her on a song. "Glory" is a tribute to his new daughter, who closes the track out with a guest feature -- crying.
Jay-Z may be starting his kid off young, but nepotism is standard practice among rap superstars. There's nothing proud hip-hop fathers love more than letting their kids pick up the mic for themselves -- even if the outcome risks sullying Pop's legacy. So in honor of the Notorious B.I.C's debut, here are five examples of why rappers' kids should be seen and not heard.
5. Diggy Simmons
As the son of Run-DMC rapper Run, Diggy Simmons has used his dad's clout to gain access to a wealth of big-name rap stars. He's appeared on tracks with Lupe Fiasco and Pharrell Williams, had DJ Premier host a mixtape for him, and his freestyle over Nas's "Made You Look" caused Kanye West to tweet complimentary things. But alas, all the privilege in the world couldn't propel his 2011 debut single, "Copy, Paste," beyond number 29 on the Billboard rap charts -- and we'd like to think he received a spanking from his pops for its godawful Auto-tuned hook.
4. Doughboy and O.M.G.
Gangsta rap icon turned family film actor Ice Cube has
blessed littered the rap world with not one but two rapping kids. Doughboy (yup, he's named after Cube's character in Boyz 'N' The Hood) and O.M.G. (that's really gonna help your Google ranking) appeared on Cube's 2010 I Am The West album in an utterly unconvincing manner. The duo's career pinnacle to date is playing dress-up in silly purple pimp suits for the "She Couldn't Make It On Her Own" video.