For as long as humans have been engaged in doing anything, the debate about nepotism’s perceived pros and cons has raged on.

Some consider it a non-issue, arguing that one’s familial connections don’t always equate to advancement in one’s chosen medium, while others take a hard stance against anything even remotely resembling nepotistic goings-on. When it comes to rap’s nepo babies, as is the case for the group across spaces, the answer isn’t always immediately clear. 

Last month, the debate was kicked into maximum overdrive with the arrival of Vulture’s multi-part coverage of so-called “nepo babies.” Most notably, the publication rolled out what it described as “an all but definitive guide to the Hollywood nepo-verse.”

Naturally, lots of different people had lots of different things to say about this, ranging from fervent hilarity to swift defense. O’Shea Jackson Jr. spoke at length about the topic in a series of tweets, notably shouting out his father Ice Cube and urging those in similar situations to “not let anyone get it in your head that you should feel bad” about it.

Lily Allen also hopped in the mix, urging those engaged in the topic to consider instead directing their concerns toward the “nepo babies” who are currently “working for legal firms,” as well as “the ones working for banks” and “the ones working in politics.” (Lily’s parents are actor Keith Allen and producer Alison Owen).

Amid the ongoing discourse, Complex has assembled a rundown of some of rap’s most notable examples of nepotism. Worth firmly pointing out here, of course, is that nepotism exists in virtually every field within every possible industry, creative or not. And in music alone, one could also find numerous examples squarely in the rock category (Bob Dylan and Jakob Dylan, for example) and country (the Hank Williams lineage), not to mention pop (Miley Cyrus) and beyond.

While the definition of nepotism is broader than this, this Complex list is also focusing on those involved in the larger rap industry whose children followed in their footsteps in one way or another, even if they later recalibrated their approach by putting their talents elsewhere.

This means that other types of familial connections such as Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar (who are cousins) are not included. At any rate, here—for good measure—is how Oxford Languages defines “nepotism” in its broadest sense:

“the practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives, friends, or associates, especially by giving them jobs.”

We’ve also stuck to those whose parents were (at least at some point) known as artists in their own right. So Waka Flocka Flame, for example, isn’t included here despite his mother Debra Antney being a longstanding industry powerhouse and Mizay Entertainment CEO who was integral to the rise of multiple artists, Gucci Mane among them.

Below, see a selection of rap-focused instances of nepotism (in no particular order), then feel free to carry on debating. As for what the future may or may not hold, some fans are already speculating about the potential creative path of ASAP Rocky and Rihanna’s first child together. Subsequent iterations of this variety of discourse, meanwhile, could also wind up including Blue Ivy and other young pop culture heirs.