Sophia Grace may be cute in her appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, but that’s not stopping critics from blasting the 10-year-old British rapper’s latest music video as “disturbing.”
The young star recently released a song “Girls Just Gotta Have Fun,” and the video on YouTube has close to 1.3 million views in the first two days. It features Sophia Grace rolling in on a mini pink SUV, dancing with her friends at a party, and flirting with a boy. The video was still a bit of a departure for Sophia Grace, who has mostly done cover songs to date.
With a heavy dose of autotune, the pint-sized rapper spits verses about going to the mall to buy clothes and name drops Ellen DeGeneres and Nicki Minaj. For those who don’t know the history, it was Minaj that helped launch Sophia Grace’s career, with a cover of the song “Super Bass” by Nicki Minaj along with her younger cousin, Rosie.
Sophia and Rosie have made many appearances together on Ellen, though it is Sophia who has stepped into the spotlight. In fact, Rosie only makes a brief, non-speaking appearance in “Girls Just Gotta Have Fun.”
Though Sophia is just 10, critics aren’t holding back in their assessment of her music video. Toofab described it as “quite possibly the most disturbing thing you’ll watch today.”
“It’s one thing to have a guest gig on Ellen, but this feels a bit exploitative to us,” the review read.
It’s not as if the video is thrown together by Sophia or her parents, either. It was was directed in the music video by Matt Alonzo, who’s also made videos for Soulja Boy, Ice Cube, Pitbull, and the Far East Movement.
While some critics don’t like the video, it has also drawn out plenty of Sophia Grace supporters who loved the video and seemed to think it was a little harsh to judge a 10-year-old’s rapping ability.