Photo credits: Staten Island Advance
The young son of former GOOD Music/Columbia Records artist Consequence is using hip-hop music to get his message out about how police brutality against black children affects his community.
Caiden Mills (pictured) is a six-year-old rapper from Staten Island, New York who is preeminently blessed with a gift. Using catchy wordplay in rhyme form over head-nodding beats, he conveys thought-provoking messages. Caiden’s father is Dexter “Consequence” Mills Jr., a Queens, New York-bred hip-hop veteran who has worked with legends.
Consequence’s music career got its start in the late 1990s collaborating with his cousin Q-Tip’s groundbreaking group A Tribe Called Quest. His major label debut solo album was released in 2007 under Kanye West’s GOOD Music imprint in association with Columbia Records. Consequence is also an established music producer.
The avid songwriter has produced songs for Beyoncé, A Tribe Called Quest, and others. However, his son Caiden’s inspiration to record his own current viral hit came from a song previously released by Nas, another rapper from Queens who has cemented legendary status in the world of hip-hop. Nas’ song “Cops Shot the Kid” was remixed by Caiden.
Soon after that, the big wigs at BET and Complex Magazine came calling. “I know I’m young but I wanted to be able to use my voice to talk about what is happening to other kids that look like me,” Caiden told the Staten Island Advance newspaper.
Caiden’s song is a ode to the deceased young black American victims of police brutality. “Cause what if it was me with a bag of Skittles?/ Coming home from practice where I had to dribble/ But I ran because I got scared/ What they do to black kids is not fair,” he raps in his classic remake. Watch Caiden’s positive rap music video below.
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