Just about everyone in the hip-hop world has talked about Jay’s new record, 4:44. Some people are saying it’s one of the best albums out right now, while others like 50 Cent, say it’s like “old-man rap.” 50 Cent previously said it was “too intelligent,” and kids these days want to have fun, not be all introspective and what have you.
Speaking of hip-hop legends, Rakim, The God MC, was asked recently about the rappers latest LP and the hip-hop legend said he “saw growth” in the album which is refreshing for people like him.
He explained, “we have to understand. Jay is a trendsetter. If he isn’t going to set trends, it’s no reason for him to do what he does. At this point, you have to mature, so that it’s not just a young culture. No disrespect to the younger listeners, but we have to make sure that the older people are satisfied so that it’s not just a young culture.”
Rakim – who is also turning 50-years-old soon – revealed that it’s important there is music for older men, as well.
The rapper made a lot of sense when he claimed there is a necessity for “older culture,” that way there is a place for everyone to belong.
The culture can’t just be young.
He said, “It’s people my age that love hip-hop too, so we gotta make sure that we’re making records for them as well.”
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Regarding the comparison between his newest material with Hov’s old albums, Rakim says times have changed, and we can only expect a person to move on from the past.
The music reflects his self-improvement and growth as a person.
He said, “you have to understand it’s not gonna be Reasonable Doubt. That brother has been through things. He’s got a family now. He’s got a wife and kids now. Of course, we want to make sure that we support his growth, and we have to move with him.”