Looks like a member of last year's RFT Music Awards winner for "Best Hip-Hop Group" has spawned a Mini-Me -- and damn if he isn't talented and adorable.
Heir Jordin is the five-year-old son of drummer and Doorway rapper RT-FaQ, and he's already following in Daddy's footsteps. Born Jordin Jackson-Prince, the tyke has taken a shine to rapping and recently released his debut song and video, "Proud History," which celebrates his African American culture and heritage.
"He's pretty excited," says RT-FaQ. "He keeps asking me, 'Has the world seen it yet?' I told him it's going to take some time, but it's coming."
A few weeks ago, the song began as an idea for a school project. A teacher at Jordin's school, the Vivian Adams Early Childhood Center in East St. Louis, Illinois, had asked if RT-FaQ would write a song that Jordin could perform during a Black History Month program. But once RT-FaQ laid down lyrics over music created by Alex Surmeier and Richard Ducksworth (of local beatmakers the Great Joint Commission) and had Jordin record it, he knew the song could be so much more.
"Once the song actually was done, I thought this really was kind of amazing," RT-FaQ says. "We needed to get this out so the world can see it. It's not your everyday five-year-old who can do the type of stuff that Jordin can."
Check out the video below:
In "Proud History," Jordin name-checks U.S. President Barack Obama, human-rights activist Malcolm X, civil-rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., Underground Railroad founder Harriet Tubman, gold-medal gymnast Gabby Douglas and many other significant figures in black history. It's not just lip service, either; RT-FaQ has made a point of teaching Jordin about the contributions black figures have made and the trials they've faced.
"Jordin's a sponge. He wants to learn everything, and he's always asking questions," RT-FaQ says. "I'm just trying to teach him about life."
Continue to page two for more about the young Jordin and how the video came together.
One of the things Jordin had to learn about was filming a music video. Though he'd previously been inside the recording studio and on the stage, the five-year-old prodigy had to adjust to a shooting schedule and lookie-loos. Filmed in St. Louis and East St. Louis, the video visits a number of historically black landmarks, including the Old Courthouse, the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center, the Chuck Berry statue and stars on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.
"Proud History" is a true family affair, with Jordin rapping, papa RT-FaQ (née Ramel Prince) directing the video, cousins dancing and brother Royale Prince making an appearance. Royale seems poised to follow the path set by RT-FaQ and Jordin; the two-year-old loves playing the drums and honing his own stage persona.
"These two kids, they take people's hearts away," RT-FaQ says. "They performed with me at the S.L.U.M. Fest awards a couple of weeks ago, which was the highlight of the night for a lot of people. And Jordin crowd surfed! He just jumped into the crowd. It was pretty amazing."
RT-FaQ says that Jordin loves hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar and basketball players Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James. But most of all, Jordin looks up to his daddy. RT-FaQ often catches the tyke mimicking the way he practices or writes songs (though at his young age, his "songwriting" is rather scribbled), and it makes the elder Prince's heart swell.
"Jordin tells me every day, 'You're the best daddy I've ever had,'" RT-FaQ says. "I'm excited about the song, and he's excited about it. He makes me proud every day."
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