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Published on September 21st, 2023 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


The Most Surprising Stars You Didn’t Know Were Related!

From Hollywood to Nashville, there are many family members and relatives who follow in each other’s footsteps and continue the walk of fame. While not every family member will become a star, it is surprisingly common that many of them do. We know about stars like Billy Ray Cyrus and his daughter Miley Cyrus, but what about the lesser-known relationships out there?

In the rap and hip-hop genres, there are several stars that have ties to each other. These relationships and relatives are very rarely publicized, and there are a few that would probably surprise you. Take a look below at some of the most surprising stars in the soul category who you probably didn’t know are related. 

Discovering Relational Ties

You never know; you just might find out that you are related to one of the celebrities or stars out there. Following a family tree can sometimes be complicated. The top DNA testing companies out there are designed to provide you with insight into the mystery of your ancestry. 

Everyone has a family history, and many of us know very little beyond the initial relatives that we have met. But what if you could trace your heritage back to the time your long-lost family members immigrated to the US? Or maybe you could discover that you are related to a star that you never thought was part of your family. 

While some of us know our immediate relatives, using DNA testing unlocks the mystery of relatives we may never have known about otherwise. Take a look at these surprising celebrity relatives! 

Beyonce and Solange

Beyonce is a superstar who is known worldwide for her talents in music and dancing. She has worked her way to the top and earned her place as the Queen Bee, thanks to hard work and dedication throughout her career. Beyonce’s sister has also found some notoriety in the hip-hop industry. While Solange hasn’t built the same empire that Beyonce has, she is still very talented and has put out some hits. These sisters are very close, although the media rarely reports on them together. 

Ludacris and Monica

Do you remember the duo, Brandy and Monica? These two were a sweet duo that eventually separated and did their own thing. Ludacris is a well-known rapper who made a name for himself first with rapping talent and then later in the movie industry. While Monica is not as well known, she has made a name for herself in her own way. They are distant relatives who were brought together mostly by marriage, but they embraced their relationship and have even worked together on some music collaborations. 

Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar has been a star in the rap industry for many years. His first album was released more than ten years ago, in 2012. In more recent years, we have seen rap hits from Baby Keem. Most of his music started coming to light right around 2019. Baby Keem even received the Grammy for Best Rap Performance recently. Did you know that Baby Keem and Kendrick Lamar are cousins? Their talents must run in the family as both have taken the rap stage in their respective eras. 

Chance the Rapper and Taylor Bennett

This duo may not be as surprising as some, but many people still don’t realize these two are brothers. Chance the Rapper is the older brother. The two have collaborated on some music, and both are well-known for being talented rappers. If you listen to music from both of these brothers, you will find that their styles are very similar and yet unique to them. The two have rapped at the same time, and both have found their success without making it a competition. 

Del the Funky Homosapien and Ice Cube

Ice Cube has always been known for his funky beats and rapping talent. He has a multitude of talents that we’ve seen in his hits as well as in many movies through the years. Del the Funky Homosapien is known for his funky name and some talented rap work as well. These two have even worked together, with Del writing for Ice Cube on more than one single. These two are cousins. 

Final Thoughts

There are plenty of big names on the stage that fall into similar families. These are a few that you may not have known about, but there are many others out there. Some celebrities make it known who their family is, while others will stay close and simply not publicize their famous cousin or sibling. It’s certainly interesting to learn more about the connections and where they come together in the industry. 


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