Benjamin Flores Jr., better known as Lil’ P-Nut, is starring on a new kids’ show on Nickelodeon. The program, Game Shakers, launched last week. He stars as a rapper’s son, Triple G. When Babe and McKenzie use Double G's song in their new video game, the rapper finds out. To pay him back, he becomes a partner in their business and Triple G stays on to make video games.
Flores is winning as a teen who longs to break free from his life on the road with his musician father, wanting instead to hang out with kids his own age. It will be interesting to see how the show develops.
When we interviewed Lil P-Nut back in 2011, he was just nine years old, but had already had a brush with fame. His ability to rap first turned heads when the boy was still in kindergarten.
“I didn’t think much about his rapping until people started saying ‘He’s amazing,’” says his dad, Benjamin Flores Sr. “Then we put him in the New Daisy Theatre Talent Show at age 5 and he won first place.” Two years later, a performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show got Lil' P-Nut national exposure, which opened other doors in Hollywood.
In 2011, he made his big screen debut as the voice of Atticus, the rapping penguin in Happy Feet Two and appeared in the film Ride Along with Ice Cube and Kevin Hart. Next, a starring role as a ghost in the Haunted Hathaways on Nick caught the eye of another Memphian in Hollywood, executive producer Dan Schneider, who cast him on this latest project.
Though Flores and his family now live in L.A., the 13-year-old says he still misses Memphis. What does he miss most about his hometown? Jungle Juice, riding his bike through the old neighborhood, and his grandmother's eggs. To read more, go to the Flyer interview here.