Double Duty: Kid Stars on the Mic and the Big Screen

Happy birthday, Jaden!!!

Jaden Smith - The heir to the throne of Bel-Air turns 17 today and his future continues to shine brighter than ever. Jaden and his sister Willow just rocked London's Wireless Festival this past weekend alongside the likes of Drake, Nicki and Kendrick as he flexed the mic skills passed down from his pops.He's also proved that he possesses Big Willie's acting chops with blockbuster films The Karate Kid and the Pursuit of Happyness under his belt, and he'll be starring in the upcoming Netflix original series The Get Down. In celebration of Jaden's born day, check out a few other child stars who have rocked the mic by singing or rapping and also took Hollywood by storm. — Michael Harris (@IceBlueVA)(Photo: Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

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Jaden Smith - The heir to the throne of Bel-Air turns 17 today and his future continues to shine brighter than ever. Jaden and his sister Willow just rocked London's Wireless Festival this past weekend alongside the likes of Drake, Nicki and Kendrick as he flexed the mic skills passed down from his pops.He's also proved that he possesses Big Willie's acting chops with blockbuster films The Karate Kid and the Pursuit of Happyness under his belt, and he'll be starring in the upcoming Netflix original series The Get Down. In celebration of Jaden's born day, check out a few other child stars who have rocked the mic by singing or rapping and also took Hollywood by storm. — Michael Harris (@IceBlueVA)(Photo: Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

Astro  - Astro keeps it cool in a Grade A Tribe fitted, green cheetah print jacket, slacks and vintage sneakers accented with red shoe laces.(Photo: Bennett Raglin/BET/Getty Images for BET)

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Astro - Astro took the world by surprise displaying his skills on the mic as he became a finalist on the first season of X Factor. The multi-talented MC then displayed his acting skills on the big screen when he starred in the blockbuster sci-fi film Earth to Echo. (Photo: Bennett Raglin/BET/Getty Images for BET)

Another Bad Creation - Another Bad Creation took over the R&B and pop charts in 1991 and scored platinum success with their debut Coolin' at the Playground Ya Know! with hits like "Iesha" and "Playground." The ATL collective also known as ABC was founded by New Edition's Michael Bivins and went on to star in Robert Townsend's 1993 super-hero comedy The Meteor Man.(Photo: Biv 10 Records)

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Another Bad Creation - Another Bad Creation took over the R&B and pop charts in 1991 and scored platinum success with their debut Coolin' at the Playground Ya Know! with hits like "Iesha" and "Playground." The ATL collective also known as ABC was founded by New Edition's Michael Bivins and went on to star in Robert Townsend's 1993 super-hero comedy The Meteor Man.(Photo: Biv 10 Records)

Shad Moss - Shad "Bow Wow" Moss has been eating up mics before he was even six year's old and had already garnered four platinum plaques before turning 18. Still a force in hip hop and Hollywood, the young rapper cut his acting chops early in hit films like All About the Benjamins with Mike Epps and Ice Cube as well as his starring role in the comedic basketball drama Like Mike.(Photo: Cindy Ord/BET/Getty Images for BET)

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Shad Moss - Shad "Bow Wow" Moss has been eating up mics before he was even six year's old and had already garnered four platinum plaques before turning 18. Still a force in hip hop and Hollywood, the young rapper cut his acting chops early in hit films like All About the Benjamins with Mike Epps and Ice Cube as well as his starring role in the comedic basketball drama Like Mike.(Photo: Cindy Ord/BET/Getty Images for BET)

Lil Romeo - Lil Romeo has been rocking alongside his pops Master P since he was a youngin and helped steer the No Limit tank. With a few Disney shows under his belt, he also starred alongside Jessica Alba, Mekhi Phifer and Joy Bryant in the 2003 film Honey and continues to make his presence felt in Tinseltown.(Photo: John Ricard/BET)

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Lil Romeo - Lil Romeo has been rocking alongside his pops Master P since he was a youngin and helped steer the No Limit tank. With a few Disney shows under his belt, he also starred alongside Jessica Alba, Mekhi Phifer and Joy Bryant in the 2003 film Honey and continues to make his presence felt in Tinseltown.(Photo: John Ricard/BET)

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Studio Ready - Rapper Lil' P-Nut is amazed at the crisp sound quality coming from his Flips Audio headphones. Next time he hits the studio, he will be prepared to record with the powerful speakers.  (Photo: Angela Weiss/BET/Getty Images for BET)

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Lil P-Nut - Lil P-Nut burst on the scene in 2010 as his video and song "You Might Be the One" took over YouTube and made him an Internet sensation. The pint-sized MC followed that up with tracks like "Bad Dream," which led to his emergence to the big screen. With a bright future ahead of him, the 11-year-old voiced Atticus the rapping penguin in Happy Feet Two and starred alongside Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in the hit film Ride Along.(Photo: Angela Weiss/BET/Getty Images for BET)

Willow Smith - Willow Smith hit the Billboard charts in 2010 with the hit single "Whip My Hair" and has followed her pops Will into the acting arena as well, playing alongside him in the 2007 film I Am Legend and lending her voice to Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.(Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

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Willow Smith - Willow Smith hit the Billboard charts in 2010 with the hit single "Whip My Hair" and has followed her pops Will into the acting arena as well, playing alongside him in the 2007 film I Am Legend and lending her voice to Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.(Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

Shyheim  - Shyheim the Rugged Child stepped on the hip hop scene in 1993 with the hit single "On and On," spitting reality raps of a youngsta growing up in Stapleton Projects with his Wu-Tang cohorts. Shyheim also ventured off to Hollywood and starred in films like The Preacher's Wife with Whitney Houston and Original Gangstas with Pam Grier and Jim Brown. (Photo: Johnny Nunez/WireImage) 

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Shyheim  - Shyheim the Rugged Child stepped on the hip hop scene in 1993 with the hit single "On and On," spitting reality raps of a youngsta growing up in Stapleton Projects with his Wu-Tang cohorts. Shyheim also ventured off to Hollywood and starred in films like The Preacher's Wife with Whitney Houston and Original Gangstas with Pam Grier and Jim Brown. (Photo: Johnny Nunez/WireImage) 

Bobb'e J. Thompson - Bobb'e J. Thompson first came to fame showcasing his rhyme skills on shows like Steve Harvey's Big Time Challenge. From there, he headed to take over Hollywood and starred as "Lil Tupac" in My Baby's Daddy with Method Man and Eddie Griffin as well as the blockbuster hit Role Models with Sean William Scott and Paul Rudd. With a host of film credits under his belt, he's also played on television, as the son of Tracy Morgan on 30 Rock and in the comedian's self-titled series. (Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for BET)

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Bobb'e J. Thompson - Bobb'e J. Thompson first came to fame showcasing his rhyme skills on shows like Steve Harvey's Big Time Challenge. From there, he headed to take over Hollywood and starred as "Lil Tupac" in My Baby's Daddy with Method Man and Eddie Griffin as well as the blockbuster hit Role Models with Sean William Scott and Paul Rudd. With a host of film credits under his belt, he's also played on television, as the son of Tracy Morgan on 30 Rock and in the comedian's self-titled series. (Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for BET)

Ariana Grande - Ariana Grande is definitely a double threat as she's enjoyed Billboard success with the Top 10 pop hit "The Way" and the double platinum-selling album Yours Truly. The Nickelodeon mainstay also starred in the film Swindle.(Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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Ariana Grande - Ariana Grande is definitely a double threat as she's enjoyed Billboard success with the Top 10 pop hit "The Way" and the double platinum-selling album Yours Truly. The Nickelodeon mainstay also starred in the film Swindle.(Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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Raven-Symoné - Raven-Symoné grew up in front of our eyes, starting with her role as Olivia on The Cosby Show. Her extensive list of film credits include starring alongside Eddie Murphy in Doctor Dolittle and The Cheetah Girls. She's also released four albums, spawning her hit single "That's What Little Girls Are Made Of" with Missy Elliott.(Photo: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Louis XIII)

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Raven-Symoné - Raven-Symoné grew up in front of our eyes, starting with her role as Olivia on The Cosby Show. Her extensive list of film credits include starring alongside Eddie Murphy in Doctor Dolittle and The Cheetah Girls. She's also released four albums, spawning her hit single "That's What Little Girls Are Made Of" with Missy Elliott.(Photo: Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Louis XIII)

Immature - Immature, led by Marques Houston, hit the music scene hard in 1992 with their debut album On Our Worst Behavior. With several more albums and hits to follow, the group also starred with Kid N' Play in House Party 3 and Marques went on to lend his voice to BeBe's Kids and also starred in Good Burger as well as the television series Sister, Sister.(Photo: MCA)

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Immature - Immature, led by Marques Houston, hit the music scene hard in 1992 with their debut album On Our Worst Behavior. With several more albums and hits to follow, the group also starred with Kid N' Play in House Party 3 and Marques went on to lend his voice to BeBe's Kids and also starred in Good Burger as well as the television series Sister, Sister.(Photo: MCA)

Selena Gomez - Selena Gomez grew up on TV, literally, as she first appeared on Barney & Friends. Her first feature film was Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, followed by hits like Ramona and Beezus. The Disney star also has a gold album under her belt, Stars Dance, which features the hit singles "Come & Get It" and "Slow Down."(Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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Selena Gomez - Selena Gomez grew up on TV, literally, as she first appeared on Barney & Friends. Her first feature film was Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, followed by hits like Ramona and Beezus. The Disney star also has a gold album under her belt, Stars Dance, which features the hit singles "Come & Get It" and "Slow Down."(Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)