12-year-old Memphis rapper spreads message of positivity, inspiration

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — We’re in the midst of a joyful holiday season, but one Memphis rapper hopes to make spirits bright year-round.

He’s only 12 years old, but he’s already sending positive messages through his music.

Otis Morris, who raps as “Yung Hunnid,” said most people rap about negative things.

“They’re talkking about guns, talking about girls, drugs, stuff like that. Kids really don’t supposed to be listening to that, in my opinion.”

Instead, the young artist raps about making good grades and following your dreams.

“For me, when I write my lyrics all I think about is spreading positivity,” he said.

He doesn’t curse in his songs.

He said he started creating music when he was just four years old.

His talent even got him recognized six years ago by famous talk show host Ellen Degeneres.

“When she brought me on the stage and I got to hug her, so many butterflies and love just filled my body, like I’m serious,” the rapper gushed.

Now, as a preteen, he plans to stay the course.

“I go to Treadwell Middle School and yes, I make good grades,” he said. “To be honest, I’m not really worried about the girls, I’m trying to make sure my grades stay up.”

Morris said he hangs with a positive crowd who also loves music and helping others.

Even though he’s young, he said he’s already had plenty of life experience to draw from, which serves as inspiration for his music.

One song deals with bullying.

“I’ve been around a lot of kids who’ve been bullied, I’ve been through the good, the bad and the ugly,” he said.