Standing less than 5 feet tall, it’s easy to overlook “Corey J.” in a crowded room. Until he opens his mouth. “There are two types of people in this world,” says 10-year-old Corey Jackson. “There are dreamers. And there are dream chasers. I’m chasing my dreams!”
He may only be 10, but rapper Corey J., aka Lil C Note, is fast gaining traction in the Atlanta hip-hop scene. In the last year, the fifth-grader — a self-proclaimed “positive hip-hop” recording artist — received endorsements from some of the biggest names in the rap industry, including Cash Money Records CEO Bryan “Birdman” Williams and Atlanta trap star rapper Young Thug.
The early success isn’t a surprise for the Jackson, Mississippi, native. He’s been rapping since before he even knew how to ride a bike. “I made my first song ‘Crayons’ at 6 years old,” he says with a big smile. But his love for the art came earlier.
“At first my dad was doing it. He took me to the studio a few times, and I said, I think I want to do that, it looks pretty cool. But my first song, I was only 4 and it was hard for me to stay on beat. It took me a couple of years to get the hang of it.”