A GChat Conversation With 11-Year-Old Rapper Lil Shark



By Joe Price

The internet is a really, really strange place. In an age where Swedish kids can mumble-rap in broken English and people are all over it, nothing is surprising anymore. Where you’re from is a moot issue at this point, but age is a different story. Earl Sweatshirt wowed everyone back in 2010 at the age of 16, with a DOOM-inspired flow and shockingly explicit lyrics about severe subject matter.

Now it’s 2014, “internet rap” has taken on a new meaning, and we have Lil Shark, an 11-year-old rapper from Augusta, Georgia. He raps about cocaine and making girls “wet like a waterspout,” and he’s mastered the weird Tumblr aesthetic. Read the YouTube or SoundCloud comments on any one of his songs and it’s clear that people are into it. It must be reiterated: he’s 11.

With the assistance of producer Psymun and Spooky Black, I set up a GChat conversation with Lil Shark.

How have you been?
Can my brother type for me since he does it fast? Great, just chilling, school’s over tomorrow so my tape comes out in a couple weeks.

What inspired you to get into rapping in the first place?
Okay well my brother started rapping a couple months ago and got a microphone. I like his music and I like rap music so I asked if I could rap. He said sure bro and we found some beats and he helped me write to them since I’m not that good at writing. Then we released it and he showed it to his friends on twitter. Then cold hart hit me up and asked to do a song so I sent him my verse and we made “Awesome.” Then a week later we have 10,000 plays and my favorite artists are following me.

That’s insane.
Yeah I made a Facebook for my fans to add me on and I made a Twitter. So I got messages from a lot of people but my bro told me to do a song with Cold Hart cause he’s awesome. So we did it. It is awesome that I’m 11 and a lot of people listen to me.

Why the name Lil Shark?
I like sharks a lot and I’m little.

Why the name Lil Shark?
I like sharks a lot and I’m little.

I suppose it makes sense. Sharks are cool.
Sharks are pretty awesome. I love going to the Atlanta aquarium.

Aquariums are cool, but have you been to a rap show yet?
No, but my brother is opening up for Bones, Xavier Wulf, Chris Travis, and Eddy Baker next month so that will be my first one

You ever think of naming one of your projects an aquatic pun of some kind? Like, maybe Great White Rapper?
Haven’t thought that far ahead.

I must ask, are your parents aware of your music at all?
Yes they know I rap and my mom thinks it’s fine as long as I’m not actually doing what I rap about. Lol.

Spooky Black specifically asked me to ask who your “main ho” is, so feel free to answer that if you want.
That’s hard to decide since I have so many. Hmm if I had to pick one it would be Iggy Azalea.

Is a track with Iggy the dream?
Maybe, but right now I’m going for Bones and Black Kray lol.

Bones is killing it, could definitely see you collaborating with him at some point. I’m guessing Yung Lean is a collaborator you’re also interested in?
Yung Lean is awesome but I think he’s too famous for me right now. Maybe when I blow up Lil B would be cool too.

Well I accidentally acquired The Based God’s phone number recently so if that happens feel free to hit me up.*

*Please don’t email me asking for Lil B’s phone number.


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  • Joe Price

    My trail of thought exactly.

  • Alfred


  • m

    looks like it shouldn’t be too hard to exploit the tumblr rap game when an 11 year old got all the basic guidelines down.

  • tehslaphappy

    Regardless of what you think of the music, his music video is easily the best of 2014 so far.

  • Eternalist

    The track is just what I expected. I don’t remember cussing that much at age 11. Nothing else needs to be said. The kid has built more buzz than some grown men artists. Can’t hate. Just won’t replay his stuff again

  • loid

    Is it me or this pink font n SoundCloud link 3D or something .shit is tripping me out Im looking at this on a S5…

  • Realtalk

    If he is actually gettin that many views rap is truly dead

  • x97sfinest

    I respect that

  • gully

    your a fuckingggg faggit, hate people like you who think they can rap and shit that’s why so many people hate the rap game


    the future of hip hop

  • Sam Garland

    haha this is the best interview

  • jimmy0ne

    rap aint about talent and skill its about views dont ya know already?

  • NotLaughingTho

    WHAT A JOKE.. this kid is gonna grow up believing that this shit is ok… SHAME on the parents

  • Ghost Poop Johnson

    Anyone else just see this kid as a promotion for his brother’s music…

  • Ghost Poop Johnson

    but it worked i guess bc i wanna hear his music now so someone should hit me with a linkk

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  • dead

    Rap isn’t dead, almost all art and entertainment has an esoteric aspect to it, because a lot of people appreciate a certain kind of art but knock down one that is much better speaks volumes of them but it doesn’t render the art “dead”.

  • ThisIsNotGoodMusic

    we are fucking doomed

  • rSlip

    Awww he’s so cute… He gotta potty mouth though…

  • dead’s Dad

    Nope. Rap is dead, son.

  • 666

    U fuckin cracker ass bloggers are ruining music just as much as he is. Fuckin white people rip off and ruin everything. That Shit is garbage the world is ending fuck Fox news

  • Dubz (SaugaCity)

    This kid is 11 years old, what does everyone expect? He listens to rap music, so he’s following the trend at the moment. He needs time to grow and learn etc. Instead of putting him down, why not lift him up or send him in the right direction. Everyone commenting, I would assume, is grown. Everyone needs to start off somewhere. Lil’ Shark, might not be amazing, but atleast he’s following his dreams. Very dissapointed in the negative comments, even some racist, and the lack of encouragement from those that are older and have experience.

    Do your thing Lil’ Shark, practice makes perfect, do research, learn from your peers, and never let any haters stop you from doing what you love doing.

    Straight Goods.

  • imaprettybitch

    shut the fuck up you sound like a bitch

  • imaprettybitch

    you are ruining yourself stop fucking talking

  • imaprettybitch

    raps about perception. shut the fuck up or have an interesting one.

  • imaprettybitch

    good but don’t talk about haters that shit is lame

  • imaprettybitch

    you’re damn right you are lil bitch

  • imaprettybitch

    whose his brother?

  • imaprettybitch

    shame on your mom for not swallowing you, you unoriginal fucking sperm cell of a human being.

  • imaprettybitch

    fucking you are worse than “haters” jesus fuck someone have a real opinion that doesn’t reek of vague bullshit all of you.

  • imaprettybitch


  • http://soundcloud.com/the-colonel-mc The Colonel

    I don’t know what’s sadder: that his parents let him talk that lame trash, or that what he’s saying isn’t that far off from what’s getting played on the radio.

  • Lil Obama The Based Hippo

    Who’s his brother?

  • Mafia Miss Fortune

    Wtf is this shit honestly? Cancer? Yes. Music? No. you can hate on me all you want for this comment I don’t really care, this kid should definitely go back to playing Roblox and Minecraft instead of trying to be hard, nigga looks like one of those punk ass children that’ll end up on Scared Straight for disrespecting his momma, nigga looks like he’ll mistake sugar for cocaine.

  • Fam

    what the fuck

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