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VIRGINIA RAPPER GAINS ATTENTION FOR LYRICS OF INSPIRATION

  BY KARLA REDDITTE

September 21, 2018

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - While many children have ideas of what careers they would like to pursue when they grow up, one Virginia fifth grader is already living out his dream of being a rapper.

And he is quickly gaining national attention with his clean lyrics of inspiration and positivity.

Turn on the radio these days, and you are bound to hear songs from ‘rap royalty’ like Drake, Cardi B and Post Malone.

However, there is a new rap king on the rise - shiny crown and all.

His real name is Jairus Smith.

His rap name? ‘Young King Jai,’ and at only 10 years old, the Newport News native reigns supreme over clean rap music.

“My message is to spread positivity and motivate kids to do good in school,” said Smith. 

He does just that through catchy songs like ‘Playground Status.'

“Playground Status is just like a fun song you can just bop to and have fun with,” said Smith. 

By Karla Redditte | September 21, 2018 at 4:55 PM EDT - Updated September 21 at 6:01 PM

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - While many children have ideas of what careers they would like to pursue when they grow up, one Virginia fifth grader is already living out his dream of being a rapper.

And he is quickly gaining national attention with his clean lyrics of inspiration and positivity.

Turn on the radio these days, and you are bound to hear songs from ‘rap royalty’ like Drake, Cardi B and Post Malone.

However, there is a new rap king on the rise - shiny crown and all.

His real name is Jairus Smith.

His rap name? ‘Young King Jai,’ and at only 10 years old, the Newport News native reigns supreme over clean rap music.

“My message is to spread positivity and motivate kids to do good in school,” said Smith.

He does just that through catchy songs like ‘Playground Status.'

“Playground Status is just like a fun song you can just bop to and have fun with,” said Smith.

Like many children, Jairus enjoys ‘bopping’ to all the popular rap songs.

“Because I can just vibe with it,” said Smith.

Yet, at times, the language used by some of his favorite artists kills his vibe.

“It’s kind of disrespectful,” said Smith.

Jairus decided to become his own lyricist, writing rhymes that show respect and teach positive lessons, not only to children his age, but to those even younger like his 4-year-old brother, Lyndon.