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Rap Doesn’t Suck; You’re Just Old

As much as I’d like to think that I’m “in-the-streets” the fact of the matter is that my post here at XXL makes me more “in-dus-try” then I’d care to admit. But I tell you it ain’t all peaches and cream, as much as I love my job, at times I miss just being a fan. But in reality is there even a such thing as a fan any more? Everyone seems so jaded, holding on to some played-out vision of how rap used to be. Now more then ever everyone seems to be super-critical, or maybe motherfuckers are just old.

At 29 years old, I’m not exactly the youngest cat out there, but shit heads is acting like they straight 50. The fact of the matter is the notion of a hip-hop golden era is bullshit and completely relative to your age. My golden era was 1994-1995, around the time Big and Mack dropped and the West had it locked. Nas had Illmatic, Doggstyle was still the shit, Enta Da Stage made me proud to be from Brooklyn and a young ATL group named OutKast proved that hip-hop wasn’t just a NY/Cali thing. As much great shit that was out at that time, there were records that I could do without, 95 South’s “Whoot, There it Is” was one of them. Still, I’ve accepted that the particular era that defined hip-hop for me has passed.

In a lot of ways the game has changed and evolved, it’s a shame the old heads haven’t changed with it. Back in the days Rakim would drop an album every two years like clockwork and was consider the GOAT of his day. Today a rapper damn near has to drop a mixtape every three months just to stay relevant. I’m willing to bet that in 2007 Lil Wayne recorded more songs than Ra released in his entire career. Not because Wayne is a lesser MC who is going for quantity over quality but just for the simple fact that the game has changed drastically.

And thank god for change. How boring would the game be if it stayed the same? Just Blaze evolved from DJ Premier like Nas evolved from Rakim. Soulja Boy may suck lyrically, but so did Kid N Play and MC Hammer. I mean hip-hop has always had silly dance songs and they were never my thing but I’d be damned if they don’t have their place. I don’t know about ya’ll but I’m ready for change. I wanna see where cats like Mickey Factz, Kid CuDi, Nipsey Hu$$le and Asher Roth take the game. Say what you will but I can’t wait to hear what a Charles Hamilton album sounds like (lord knows I know what his mixtapes sound like). Am I alone on that? Is it wrong to embrace a new generation of artists? Or are you motherfuckers just old? – Rob the Music Ed

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