Vancouver boy, 9, makes positive rap video


Austin F - 'I'm the Man'


by KGW Staff

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Posted on February 12, 2013 at 7:17 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 25 at 1:13 PM

VANCOUVER -- A 9-year-old Vancouver boy is set to become a YouTube sensation after composing and performing a rap song to help other kids feel good about themselves.

Austin Frazier has made his piano-teaching grandmother Colleen Tolva extremely proud.

"I think that's a special gift,” she told KGW. “Most people can't do that; it takes a lot of coordination."

Austin's many musical talents are showcased in his new music video. “I’m the Man,” shot by a family friend. Austin composed the song in just 20 minutes.

“I just think of something I learned in church and I just start writing about it,” he said. “And then I finally turn it into a rap song and make it all rhyme."

His grandmother first held him on her lap years ago so he could play piano.

"Probably about 4 or 5 he learned a song by Bach, by himself," she said. "He's got fast, flexible fingers."

He has composed other rap songs, including one for Black History Month and one about what a blessing his mother is.


KGW Reporter Cathy Marshall contributed to this report.