Brandy and Snoop Dogg pose before A Midsummer Night's Dream Celebrity and All-Star Basketball Game on July 9, 2006 .
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Family Ties: Who Knew That These Rappers Had Celebrity Cousins?

These rappers aren't the only famous people in their families. Here's a list of celebrities who you probably didn't know were related!


Oct. 24 2023, Published 9:21 a.m. ET

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Sometimes, the ties that bind stars together run deeper than cameos and cosigns.

For a long time, people have speculated that Plies and Kirk Franklin were related by blood — possibly cousins or brothers. After all, the two do look a lot alike.

But the truth is — those rumors couldn't be further from the truth!

While Plies and Kirk Franklin may not share a bloodline, there's a long list of rappers who actually do have celebrity first cousins, second cousins, and more! Below are some of our faves who are related!

Kendrick Lamar and Baby Keem: A Dynamic Duo

Kendrick Lamar (R) and Baby Keem (L)
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Kendrick Lamar, a seasoned vet, and Baby Keem, who is on the rise in the rap game, aren't just co-collaborators — they're also cousins!

Ironically, their joint single — "Family Ties" — had massive success. So much so that Keem secured the award for Best Rap Performance from the Recording Academy at the Grammys in 2022.

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Monica and Ludacris: Atlanta Royalty

Ludacris and Monica have more in common than just their hometown and a love for music. The Southern icons also share DNA, as they are actually distant cousins.

Saweetie and Gabrielle Union: Unlikely Cousins

Saweetie's songs "Icy Grl" and "Best Friend" put her on the map.

It might surprise you that the Cali native is linked to actress Gabrielle Union. Gabrielle shared the truth about their surprising connection on Twitter.

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Apparently, she and Saweetie are related on Saweetie's dad's side. Gabrielle wrote: "Her father and I are first cousins. Her grandma is my aunt Joanne Glass, who I based Eva from Deliver Us From Eva on."

As our list goes on — Hollywood just keeps getting smaller and smaller!

Snoop Dogg, Brandy, and Ray J: A Tale of Musical Families

It's common knowledge (to everyone except Jack Harlow) that Ray J and Brandy share a sibling bond.

Most people don't know that they have a famous first cousin — none other than hip-hop's favorite Uncle: Snoop Dogg.

Snoop is also related to the late Nate Dogg. The duo even co-founded a group called 213 together.

Warren G and Dr. Dre: The West Coast Connection

Warren G and Dr. Dre at the Nike Town in Beverly Hills, California
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Rap pioneers Warren G and Dr. Dre share a brotherly connection that goes beyond their shared West Coast roots. The two became stepbrothers when Dre's mother and Warren's father tied the knot and blended their families.

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