Child rapper MattyB grounded from internet after visit to principal’s office

They grow up so fast. Teen YouTube star MattyB, who started rapping online at age 7, is in deep trouble Monday after running afoul of the authorities. Specifically, the principal and his parents. 

“Just got grounded from the internet,” he explained on Twitter. “I’ll explain when I can.” 

Earlier, he’d posted a photo captioned “principal’s office.” Ooh, busted!

What did MattyB, who has 7 million YouTube subscribers and hundreds of millions of video views, do to warrant this punishment? The only clues we have are the stains on his jeans and shirt, which make it look like he got into some kind of egg fight. 

Can’t say I’m surprised, really. How could you see this video and not know our boy was destined for a life of crime? 

Certainly we’ll be hearing all about it in an upcoming episode of MattyB’s family-friendly YouTube reality show, Matty B’s World. 

Matty B’s parents have said they want him to have a normal life, not to be a “stage kid.” That said, could this whole grounding be a publicity stunt? Hell yes.

We’ll have to wait and see. Meanwhile, though, #FreeMattyB is a hashtag, and even Four Pins is on board with it. 

2016, y’all. 

Jay Hathaway

Jay Hathaway

Jay Hathaway is a former senior writer who specialized in internet memes and weird online culture. He previously served as the Daily Dot’s news editor, was a staff writer at Gawker, and edited the classic websites Urlesque and Download Squad. His work has also appeared on,, and the Morning News.