The music industry is flooding with impressive teenage rappers. One rapper in particular, DJ The Rapper, is taking carving his own lane. Inspired by the likes of Lil Boosie and Lil Wayne, this emerging artist has been making major tides for the past year or so.
“As the only child, I grew up in projects in Nashville TN,” he states. DJ notably lived in Houston for a while. He cites his father as a heavy influence, pointing out that he coaches AAU basketball. “Basketball is fun, but music is my first love, so I told my Dad I’d rather further my music career and took off from there.” Putting things in perspective, DJ’s music career began at the early age of 11.
Over the past several years, DJ has dropped a slew of singles and shared stages with many artists. Some of those acts include Rod Wave, YK Osiris, Black Youngsta to name a few. At such a young age, fans alike have got to see the 16-year-old rapper turn into a superstar. Earlier this month, we arrived at his long-awaited debut project, Problem Child.
Problem Child is a 12-track effort that gives fans alike a glimpse of the rapper. It contains high-profile features from Lil Baby, Clever, Boosie Badazz, and NBA YoungBoy to name a few. Whether it be the features or standout cuts, it’s clear that DJ did not come to play.
“Expect everything, but nothing you’ve ever heard before,” DJ spoke on the album. “Expect more professionalism from this project compared to my previous music; I put a lot more effort and perfection into this.”
Problem Child follows its predecessor and promo single “Worse Days,” which features 4PF rapper, Rylo Rodriguez. The song gained over a million streams across streaming platforms upon release. “Networking with one of my producers, Karltin Banks,” DJ states on the collaboration. “Networking and being serious about my craft. Said if I’m serious about the connection, then it’s up from there.”
DJ The Rapper describes himself as “the hardest youngin’ out” and that’s a quite agreeable statement. If you dive into the artist’s catalog, you’ll find much more than just mediocre bars about money and women. The Nashville-native has bars and melodies like no others so it’s safe to say keep your eye on DJ The Rapper in 2020. Check out his new project below.