Young Prince Charles uses positive rap lyrics to make an impact on his community.
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -
"Music over everything. Musician, it's what I do. What I was born to do."
At just six years old, a Richmond boy, Charles Jones III, wrote his first rap lyrics and recorded a music video. One might wonder how is this child different? Those questions quickly disappear when you hear the positive lyrics Jones sings.
His stage name is Young Prince Charles. He?'s now 12 and his career and musical aspirations are becoming more of a reality than just a dream.
Young Prince Charles identifies as an entertainer and not solely as a rapper. That?'s because he also likes acting, he'?s a student and an athlete. ABC 8News anchor, Ava-joye Burnett interviewed the young musician, and his passion for music was undeniable.
?"Music over everything,"? he quickly responded. ?"Musician, it's what I do. What I was born to do."
You can't miss Young Prince Charles. The day he met Ava-joye Burnett for this interview, he wore tennis shoes that looked like art work, and he sported a blond high top fade hair cut.
The youngster is known for his positive rap lyrics. He even performs in schools, where the message is heard by his peers. A line in one of his songs said "?just be you, don?t be no imitator?" - encouragement for kids to be themselves.
Determination, empathy and ambition are just a few of the adjectives Young Prince Charles uses to motivate his young peers.
?"I got this other song called "Hard Work and Dedication." It's about hard work pays off at the end.?"
As the young artist reflected on his words, he went on to say his goal is to ?encourage kids to keep with their dreams, and never give up.?
Young Prince Charles is the second of three children. His parents, Charles Jones Jr. and Katrina Jones reflected on their son?s goals and successes.
"There could be a lot of things that kids could be doing wrong,? "said Jones. ?"That'?s why we?re so proud of him.??"
At 12, Young Prince Charles has already recorded an album, a mix tape and working on a second album right now.
One of his latest songs has another positive message.
"?It's about encouraging kids to stop bullying," he says. "?Stopping the bullying because you know it's crazy what's going on in this world right now."
According this his parents, Young Prince Charles is expected to go on tour with Mindless Behavior this summer. To connect with this artist via Facebook, click here.
Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond
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