Jay-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?