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Rap Veterans Who Are Bothered By Today’s Hip-Hop

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Houston hip-hop legend Scarface told XXL last week that hip-hop has lost its soul, claiming that in this day and age, lyrics are being dumbed down because everyone is so focused on turning up.

“I feel like our music was dumbed down,” the Houston legend said in a phone interview, echoing a number of his peers who have vocalized similar frustrations recently. “I grew up listening to great music that molded my character and my artistry, that helped me. You got to look at it. Look at the music that came out 25 years ago. Now match it up to the music that came out today. There’s no comparison to it. I go back to the same question that I always ask. Who stole the soul?”

It’s a question that is asked repeatedly from many of the old guard of hip-hop, as lyricism is eroded in favor of easy hooks and club bangers. And Scarface is not alone. Over the past few years, a number of hip-hop veterans have questioned the state of the genre compared to their own glory days. XXL has compiled a list of a few of those who have made their issues public in recent months, from Big Daddy Kane to Chuck D to Nas.

Previously: Scarface Feels Hip-Hop Today Has No Soul

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