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Mini maestro heading for the big time

STAR IN THE MAKING: Lil T recording his music in the studio

LIKE MOST eight-year-olds, Teon Foster hates homework but loves reading and playing football.

But while his classmates choose to kick back in front of the television after school, Foster’s alter-ego, Lil T, is busy shooting music videos and rehearsing for live appearances.

Lil T has three live performances under his belt, his most recent at the Leicester Caribbean Carnival last weekend (Aug 2). He could even follow this up with a performance at Notting Hill Carnival this month.

“It was fun and I wasn’t nervous performing,” Lil T told The Voice.

Lil T’s first video – a remix of Krept and Konan’s award-winning single, Don’t Waste My Time, has been viewed more than 3,000 times and his next is being shot this month.

The youngster first showed his talent for freestyle rapping six months ago.

He was in the car with his dad, Taurean Foster, when he started putting his own lyrics over Krept and Konan’s catchy song.

MAKING WAVES: The eight-year-old rapper recording his Lil T television series

Foster, 29, of Beaumont Leys, Leicester, said: “It started as a joke. We were just messing around, and then he started firing back these lyrics.”

Lil T’s dad added: “I’ve been producing since I was 16 and I love music but that was the first sign from him. I recorded him and thought it was brilliant. I wasn’t sure if I was being biased so I sent it to a few other people, and they all thought he was amazing too.”

Lil T, who attends Glebelands Primary School, already has a huge fan base – including his teachers.

The teachers in his school were so impressed by the youngster’s talent that they played the song in assembly and allowed the rapper to shoot his music video there with his schoolmates.

Foster added: “He does well at school – he’s a really good reader and brilliant at football, too. He has five football trophies and five school certificates for this year alone.”

The eight-year-old also enjoys swimming and karate.

His proud dad told The Voice: “At the moment, he can get away with doing everything and anything.

“I want to encourage him to do what he enjoys, but when crunch time comes, he may have to choose what his real passion is.”

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