We’re back again celebrating this Throwback Thursday with 10 more of your favorite rappers’ first videos.
Like before, we’re taking a look into the foundation that you’re favorite artists like Nicki Minaj and Drake were built on. You could say we’re clowning these artists but hey, I didn’t tell them to look like that.
Some of these songs are good and some of these songs are trash but one thing they have in common is they’re all hilarious to see.
These videos serve as a reminder that no one starts off lit. Artists have to earn their flame, it isn’t there right out the gate.
Without further ado here’s 10 of your favorite rappers’ first music videos:
In this video we have a 14-year-old Big Sean raising awareness to the dangers of sex and drug use. Before getting into the video my son even got a nice little news segment to speak on the issues.
“Too many of these rappers are using sex for sale-” BOY DON’T YOU HAVE A SONG WHERE THE HOOK IS “ASS ASS ASS ASS ASS ASS”?
Jokes aside, as a grown man obviously his perspective has changed since he was 14. That doesn’t make him and his little clean bean self any less hilarious.
The song is actually really dope for a 14-year-old, he sounds great even rapping about abstinence and being drug free.
All this video tells me is that Denzel Curry is relatable as fuck. Clips of him playing the Naruto video game, skateboarding, and feeling badass in a Halloween mask just scream youth.
The Florida rapper has evolved in about 100 different ways since this video but even in his innocence the man was still spitting. It isn’t the most polished song ever but he’s dropping bars, can’t hate on that.
Oh y’all thought Nicki couldn’t rap? Hov said it best “If skills sold, truth be told, I’d probably be lyrically Talib Kweli. Truthfully I wanna rhyme like Common Sense but I did 5 mill’ – I ain’t been rhyming like Common since”
This is Nicki in her purest form. Straight from Queens, real raw, rapping over a Biggie beat.
The surgery jokes are lame at this point, can we just acknowledge how she completely bodied this track?
Before Donald Glover realized he was amazing at everything he was spitting bars on “Freaks and Geeks.” This song is essential nerd rap but that’s not discrediting Gambino because he was really spitting.
The evolution of Gambino from this video to seeing him win Emmys and make albums like Awaken My Love is incredible. We don’t get a lot of goofy Gambino anymore so enjoy it while it’s here.
First of all, peep the swag. Danny Brown was on his real dope boy shit in this video.
I love finding gems like this because it proves that Danny Brown was always nice. Danny’s never been a phony and that shows through this video. Grimy, dirty, and raw as fuck.
ScHoolboy Q is my favorite rapper. This video shows exactly why. My boy was broke as fuck and he made sure it showed.
Before “Collard Greens” and “tHat Part,” Q was making survival music. If you know what it feels like to be poor you feel this music video personally.
This was before he got fat too, Q been through about 20 transformations throughout the years.
I remember hearing this song all the time, this is legitimately the first time I realized it was Tyga. T-Raw has never been afraid of being corny and in turn he’s made some real hits.
Everyone looks stupid before they get money and Tyga isn’t safe from that rule. The video isn’t anything special, pretty par for the course in 2008. Sheesh… realizing Tyga has been in the game for 10 years just feels weird to me.
G Herbo & Lil Bibby
This video is a classic, deadass. I remember being in high school not understanding how Lil Bibby looked like that with a voice like that. The two artists have elevated way past what anyone would have thought and this is the video that started it all.
This video was kind of like a perfect storm. During the peak of Chicago’s drill scene these two came in with bars throughout the whole track shaking up the format their city created.
A young G Herbo and Lil Bibby made an accidental hit, which ended up getting sampled by Nicki Minaj a few years later.
Has there ever been a glo up more impressive than Drake’s? I almost forgot how the giant blazer with jeans and sneakers was a thing back then.
Drake is now hip-hop’s biggest star and he’s been in his own lane from the start. This video caters to the women who ultimately put Drake where he is today.
The song is fire too and if you had Myspace you’ve heard this shit once or twice.