From Xzibit (“Foundation”) and Game (“Like Father Like Son”) to Slick Rick (“It’s a Boy”) and Ed O.G. (“Be a Father”), hip-hop artists have always embraced fatherhood on wax. However, a select few have gone so far as to push their seeds into the limelight to follow in their platinum footsteps. With today being Father’s Day, XXL put together the top 10 rap dads that have had the best success at passing on their creative genes on to their kids. Sometimes, talent just runs in the family.
He’s played a proud father in two Hollywood films (2005’s Are We There Yet? and its 2007 sequel, Are We Done Yet? ), but rap godfather Ice Cube and his real-life patriarchal ways are set to bless hip-hop with new talent, two-times over. On the mic, his son OMG has big shoes to fill, since his pops is one of the game’s all-time great MCs. And then there’s Doughboy, his producer-son responsible for tracks on Cube’s upcoming album, I Am the West. Father O’Shea must be confident in the latter, especially; after all, Doughboy is the name of Cube’s character from 1991’s Academy Award-nominated film Boyz N Da Hood. That’s what we consider carrying on tradition.
Ghost said it himself on Raekwon’s 1995 single “Glaciers of Ice;” “That’s how we keep Wu-Tang, money, all up in the family.” Through his eldest son, appropriately named Sun God, Tony Starks has a more than capable successor to his reign as a king of intricate rhymes. Just check how Sun stands out amidst his dad, Meth and Inspectah Deck on “Gunshowers” (off this year’s Wu-Massacre), or how his pass-the-mic chemistry with Poppa Ghost comes off as fluid on “Street Opera” (from Ghost’s More Fish, 2006). We’re still patiently waiting for a proper Sun God debut, but, for now, XXL salutes the Wally Champ for his lyrically dense seed.