Daddy’s Little Girls: Rap Daughters Share the Spotlight

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  • When rappers become dads, it’s hopefully a time of celebration. But when a rap star has a daughter, it can get complicated. They might think twice about the music they put out or become overly protective of even resistant to daughters who seek to follow in their father’s musical footsteps. And there are those painful moments when they realize that for all their money and fame, there’s not much a hip-hop dad they can do when a daughter grows up and wants to do her own thing. Here’s a look at some hip-hop daughters who’ve found the spotlight for better and for worse.


    Daughter:  Willow, 11

    Smith seems to have the most successful of the hip-hop daughters as of yet. At just 11-years-old, Willow already has a hit single, a record deal and the lead in the remake of “Annie.” But her growing celebrity has come with a backlash towards her and her parents for encouraging her to grow up too fast. Her eclectic outfits and hair have been roundly criticized in the blogosphere but it must not be getting Willow down as she keeps racking up new projects.


    Daughter: Destiny, born in 1994

    Nas’ daughter Destiny, unlike her mother, Carmen Bryan, who was the source of the much publicized beef between Nas and Jay-Z years back, has stayed pretty much out of the spotlight. She was enjoying the life of a privileged daughter of hip-hop until her Twitter postings thrust her into a spotlight she probably didn’t want.  After screen shots of her tweeting a box of condoms on her nightstand went viral, her Twitter was deleted and her father was moved to write about it. The resulting song “Daughters,” is Nas’ lament about how he was more of a homie than a daddy when his daughter needed it, something a lot of young dads can relate to. While mother Bryan objected, Destiny must not have been too upset, as she makes a cameo in the video for the song.

    REV. RUN

    Daughters: Angela, 24 and Vanessa, 29

    Rev. Run can say he’s done pretty well by his kids. He brought them celebrity and opportunity through their MTV reality show “Run’s House” which Angela, Diggy and Vanessa took full advantage of. Diggy signed a record deal and became a staple on teen tours and Angela and Vanessa did both a spinoff reality show and a line of sneakers. While Vanessa has dropped out of the spotlight recently, Angela is a regular on gossip blogs and seems to be doing the Solange “look cute on the blogs and keep up my social media until I come up with a new project” thing.

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