For just about everyone besides Diggy Simmons and Jayden Smith, choosing a career in rap is a significant step away from the family business. And a risky one too. But before young rappers experience the wrath of record execs and Internet comment sections, they must prove themselves to their first critics: Their parents.

To gain some insight into the origins of our favorite spitters, we took a peak into the lesser-known lives of the procreators who listened to the original drafts and witnessed the first performances. What we found? If one of your parents is a teacher, you are about five times more likely to become a rapper. Check out the jobs the parents of 10 of our favorite rappers had. 

Written by Lauren Schwartzberg (@laurschwar)

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