Watching Disney stars grow up is a strange occurrence in itself. Take Miley Cyrus, for example. Who would have guessed that the girl once widely known as Hannah Montana would blossom into the outspoken, forward-thinking, and sexually liberated woman Miley is today?
Disney stars growing up is one thing, but there’s also this thing with Disney stars rapping. Did you know that was a thing? It is. Raven-Symoné had a Billboard-charting rap song back in 1993. Orlando Brown of That’s So Raven rapped on a track called “Peter Pan.” Zac Efron apparently can’t stop spiting Drake these days.
And Shia LaBeouf. Dear, old Shia. He’s been freestyling for strangers, and we just don’t know why. Why he does it doesn’t matter, though. What does matter is how the music moves you, and whether or not watching Disney stars rap makes you feel entertained or uncomfortable. Know yourself.
Raven-Symoné’s “That’s What Little Girls Are Made Of”
Eight-year-old Raven showed everyone what little girls are made of back in 1993. The song, written and produced by Missy Elliott, peaked at number 47 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
The Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato on “Bounce”
If you didn’t know that Demi Lovato once made a music video for a hip-hop song called “Bounce” with the Jonas Brothers, there’s probably a reason. The song is basically Demi and the Jonas’ spelling out bounce and turning the word into an acronym. N is for nutrition, guyz.
Shia LaBeouf freestyling
Shia LaBeouf may or may not be the rap prodigy the world has been waiting for. Shia, we’re not sure what lit this fire inside of you, but we’re here any time you want to let some of it out.
Orlando Brown’s “Peter Pan”Embedded from www.worldstarhiphop.com.
Orlando Brown from That’s So Raven put out the above song called “Peter Pan.” There’s also a version that claims to feature Lil Wayne, but it’s sus.
Selena Gomez rapping the A$AP Rocky verse on “Good For You”
Selena took on Twitter dares for iHeartRadio, and one was to “sing a rap.” Selena rapped the A$AP Rocky verse on her latest single “Good For You,” and cute as she is, she refused to say the curse words.
Tyler James Williams and Brandon Mychal Smith in Let It Shine
Actor/rappers Tyler James Williams and Brandon Mychal Smith went verse for verse in Disney’s 2012 movie Let It Shine. The scene was a rap battle and the prize was a girl named Roxane, played by Coco Jones.
Jake T. Austin and Moises Arias freestyling with Ryan Ochoa
While promoting the 2009 movie The Perfect Game, Jake T. Austin of Wizards of Waverly Place and Hannah Montana’s Moises Arias freestyled with Ryan Ochoa, from Nickelodeon’s iCarly. Just a group of rising heartthrobs learning how to spit.
Zendaya rapping Nicki Minaj
Zendaya lip syncing Nicki Minaj’s remix of Rae Sremmurd’s “No Flex Zone” is yet another reason why Z is an icon. Do it, girl.
Zac Efron rapping Drake
Zac Efron could not resist rapping Drake’s “Know Yourself” while promoting his latest movie We Are Your Friends. Why didn’t we see this side of him in High School Musical?
Miley Cyrus on Instagram
Perhaps the least surprising of all Disney stars who tried to rap is Miley Cyrus. The above video is just a typical day on Instagram for the former Hannah Montana.