Five Teen Rappers to Watch
Capital G started rapping when he would freestyle with his older brothers. He also has a big musical influence from his father who was a deejay. Now, his family is supporting his music full force.
“All the people around me are very supportive,” Capital G said. “So [music is] the main thing that we’re working towards as far as my family and my friends. They’re all there behind me and we’re all moving the same direction.”
Part of his name is a tribute to Capital Steez, the late member of Pro Era. Capital G used to be called Baby G when he was little because his middle name is Gregorio. As he grew up, his family dropped the “Baby,” and he was just known as “G.”
G dropped his single “Once in a Lifetime” in December to encourage himself and others to live life to the fullest. His mentor, Christian hip-hop legend Lil Raskull (Ras), wanted to release the song on Dec. 13 because of the unique date 12-13-14. But as G started writing, the theme got more complex.
“There was a guy I work with, and I wanted to pray for him,” he said. “But I didn’t do it, and then I never had the opportunity like I had that time again. Man, that’s a once in a lifetime chance, so every day we’re living is a once in a lifetime chance if you make the most of it.”
In one line from the song, Capital G raps, “I’m only 18, but my mind real old.” He explained that this reflects how he’s always been the mature one out of his friends. He also decided to get married last year when he was only 17 to a girl he had dated for five years. Many people questioned his decision-making, but G was confident in what he was doing.
“Before we got married, everybody was like, ‘Aw, is she pregnant?’” he said. “We were like, ‘No, we just got married because we wanted to.’”
Capital G said he will make his mark on the industry by being bold, following in the footsteps of Ras. He also wants to make his music standout by blending genres. He admires the Red Hot Chili Peppers and would like to incorporate guitars into his music like they do. He also likes the Silversun Pickups and thinks it would be cool to put lead singer Brian Aubert on a hook.
His hip-hop influences range from all over, including Pigeon John and LA Symphony, artists from his home state of Texas like Z-Ro and Christian rappers such as KJ-52 and Braille.
Capital G has a bright future ahead with a baby and an album on the way. He by no means lets his age define him.
“If somebody’s older than me and they say, ‘Man, you need to slow down.’ I say, ‘Man, you need to speed up because I’m already where you’re at, and I’m younger than you.’” Capital G said. “I don’t really say that out loud but basically with my actions.”