screamfest07-x1ypww4o0ylJay-Z recently shared his opinion on the topic of the younger rappers trying to come up with Reuters, and it went a little something like this:

“I hear it all the time— “Yo, he should let the young guys, the new generation of guys come in.” But you don’t become the front-runner in music because someone lets you. You have to claim your shoes.

If you grow up listening to hip-hop, you love hip-hop and that’s the end of it. But if you’re a 30-year-old rapper still trying to make music like you’re 15, then you’re making it narrow.

At my age, I can’t relate to a 15-year-old. I deal with mature and relevant topics for my age group—it has to all be based on true emotions. The more diversity and the more mature we make hip-hop, the bigger the net you cast.”

And what are your thoughts? Does he have a point, or is he pulling a “Brett Farve,” and just refuses to hang it up?

  • http://www.ihiphop.com/champhf champhf1

    what he says make sence you dont become big unless you think big….hip hop is the only music with the mindset that when you mature you must retire…look at all other music groups and no matter the age if your hot your hot…point blank.

  • http://www.ihiphop.com/prettyg prettygangsta

    I didn’t know there was an age limit in Hip Hop. I think alot of these young rappers are just trying to create some space and make it easier for themselves. If they take out the Jay-Z, Mase, DMX, P-Diddy, LL Cool J, Krs-One and the list goes on, they think they have an easier chance of making it big. Hip hop started with battling there wasn’t an age limit. I think that the older the rapper the wiser and better they become. Prime example Lil wayne. I just say stop the hate and congradulate. Get your skills up.

  • http://www.ihiphop.com/Lord_Devious Lord Devious

    No offense but a lot of “younger niggaz” I see are fucking homo nowadays. They rock tight ass pants, sketchers, and for whatever reason and they all have daddy issues; they really expect older cats to feed ‘em… what happened?

  • http://www.ihiphop.com/yungnfresh19 thatboyfresh19

    I feel what J is saying, shit why should he retire. He’s still putting out great music (yes I said great for all you Jay-Z haters) and there is no one in New York really making any noise, so if anything the NY rappers should praise him for keeping their city on the map. And CHAMPHF1 I feel what your saying, why do hip hop artist think once you get a certain age you have to retire, FUCK that Jay keep spitting for the millions of die hard J fans, and keep going to you feel your done. If MJ was still able to play basketball I bet there wouldnt be anyone hopein he retires so younger basketball players can get a chance. Hip Hop artist be killin me. Detroit Bitch

  • http://www.ihiphop.com/Bragonti_45 Carlito Bragonti33

    Jay should retire-Stop rapping please- Its like when Jordan came back to the league- Stop while you are ahead- The new rappers will be fine- Its ok to be diffrent- Not everybody is a gangsta rapper guys- Not even Jay was a real gangsta he just made yall believe he was and still is for some reason- Its a wrap for him- Please go away Jay!!!!!