With each passing year, the question is asked whether or not Hip-Hop culture is moving into dangerously negative territory. Fourteen-year-old rapper Baby CEO is making local headlines due to his social media presence that features him brandishing more guns than a small country’s army.
14-year-old Johnathon, known as “Baby CEO,” raps about guns, drugs and gang signs and posts his videos on social media, hoping to find fame.
J.R. Futrell with Young Men University works with young men to keep them from a life of crime. He said he was not surprised by the video.
“It’s a product of reap and sow, and we’ve sown things into our children’s lives,” Futrell said. “They live in a world that they did not choose and here we are with the results.”
He said the video is disturbing and he recognizes some of the kids from Frayser.
“If that represents the poison, within that same poison is the cure,” Futrell said. “So we’re going to have to be patient and see where he is.”
Altonious Meyers from Young Men University said his 14-year-old self may have done the same thing.
“I’m thinking it’s cool when I’m growing up, because it’s all I’ve seen,” Meyers said.
It may be the only way Johnathon knows. His sister is in jail on aggravated burglary, robbery and kidnapping charges for an incident that happened in 2012.
Futrell said kids like Johnathon need mentors who will continue to show them a different path.
“I don’t believe if you build it they will come, he said. “I believe if you stay when they come, you’re there to provide the service that will help aid in the positive change.”
Watch Baby CEO’s “Fck Da Opps” video below. Is it creative expression or self-destruction? Sound off in the comment section. Flip the next page to see Baby Ceo in action.
Photo: YouTube / Baby CEO