"Lil Man" Stop the violence video has reached and inspired thousands of youth.
"Lil Man" honored in 2013 by East Flatbush Village, Inc. tells NBCNews.com he has been rapping for four years, and wrote the song over the summer with his father, Juan. He hopes to show that hip-hop and rap can have a positive side and focus his music on good messages. “I first started rapping when I was 5 1/2, “Arteaga said. “I always wanted to be a star, and through rapping, I was able to perform for people and give a positive image.”