DJ Premier Says Age Is One Of The Biggest Problems In Today's Hip Hop

DJ Premier and Bumpy Knuckles speak in-depth on Hip Hop and more during an interview with Out Da Box TV.

During a conversation with Out Da Box TV, noted producer DJ Premier and rapper Bumpy Knuckles spoke in-depth on the current state of Hip Hop. The two musicians spoke specifically on the age gap in Hip Hop, corporate radio, and paying homage to those who came first.

When asked what his thoughts are on the progression of Hip Hop, DJ Premier touched on those who believe that being an entertainer in Hip Hop has an age limit. The producer clearly and concisely expressed his opinion on the topic by simply stating that, “you never stop something that you love.”  

“I’m 46-years-old so I represent a different area of the culture. The area we’re from is really the original area because before there was any scratching and cutting we were enjoying R&B, soul, jazz, rock, pop, new wave music, everything you could think of,” DJ Premier explained. “Everything that channeled into it becoming what it is now. So my respect for it is way more different than the average Hip Hop so called fan, emcee, DJ, whatever that’s involved in it now that’s at a younger age. The age thing is really one of the biggest problems that we face in Hip Hop right now. Because it seems like everybody wants to focus on ‘when should you stop.’ And you never stop something that you love.”

Bumpy Knuckles touched on another much discussed topic in today’s Hip Hop, corporate radio. The rapper revealed that while corporate radio is a necessity it shouldn’t become the primary focus in music.

“I think people have to be not so self-centered when it comes to the presentation of the music meaning don’t get boggled down with the corporate radio and all that stuff,” said Bumpy Knuckles. “I mean that stuff is definitely necessary you can’t front on that, but that’s not what it’s all about. Because if you really about keeping the culture alive and relevant there’s ways to do that.”

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146 Comments

  • Oz

    i think you wanted to spell era but spelt area

  • blackstar

    Hip hop "fans" need to grow up.. Its not just a young persons game.To me hip hop like any music is either good or bad. Respect seems to be in short supply from certain sections and its good to diss someone without any thought. Too many people hide behind their laptops and tablets.

  • Anonymous

    DJ premier "IS HIP HOP" if u diss premier ur definitely not a "real" hip hop head. Ur only a casual listener. Premier gave us tons of classic hip hop joints.Only dumb niggas watch the ages of rappers and be on that gay shit (if ur not gay then why wud another mans age concern u?) .Words and dope music are ageless. And white dudes on that bullshit "old this" and "old that" nonsense,go tell maddona,Paul mcartney.Elton john,rolling stones and a thousand of those other 60 and over 70yr old musicians to stop making music. U won't diss them but u want to diss OUR hip hop icons GTFOH with that bullshit.Hip hop is for adults (you hear the content) And adults come in all age groups

  • Wolfbitch

    If you look at Dj Premier and hae nothing but hate coming out your mouth, you are a CLOWN. The dude has worked with nothing but legends. Any real hip hop/rap head who has a top 10 song list, Premo produced maybe 3 or 4. He's right up there with the RZA when it comes to people jocking DJ and producing styles. He's been in the game longer than some of you have been alive or conscious of rap in general. All the hell I hear on the rdio is dudes jacking each other's flows, STEALING CAM'RON'S FLOW FROM CONFESSIONS OF FIRE, using garage band to make beats, or another stupid strip club anthem. Back in the 90s, every region had their own individual song and swagger. Now al you young shits look and sound like a bunch of identical consumers

  • Anonymous

    sure make it because you love it but you dont have to market it if your shit dont sound like something people would want to buy. not saying them but some like nas now are making shit they would better played at home for their own enjoyment not selling it.

  • j

    yo i cant believe this thread of comments. look here: the most popular rapper in the game is almost 43 the "best" rapper in the game is 40 this year(em) the legend to underground cats and one of the best to do it(Black Thought) is 40 most relevant rappers in the game now are in their mid thirties(Kanye, Rick Ross, Nas, etc) the point that Premier is makin is not that he thinks that 19 yr olds give nothing to the game, its that we cant listen freely and say, "this dude can rhyme, let me buy his album." instead, its "this dude can rhyme......but all my little friends are making fun of how old he is, so i wont buy his album." there are shitty 40 something rappers, there are shitty teen rappers. there are good 40 something rappers, there are good teen rappers. with Rock, u 2 comes out with an album and there are no questions, there is only "oh, i like harder stuff, but the songs are cool.' thats all. hip hop is too much of a soap opera for people to appreciate.

    • Mortis

      I giggity got the shiggitty shit you need: SHUT THE FUCK UP AND STOP CRYING ABOUT AGE, ALL THESE NIGGAS ARE RIGHT, ONCE YOU TURN 40 YOU SUPPOSED TO GIVE UP ON RAPPING GO LIVE IN THE WOODS AND DIE

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  • Anonymous

    Its not so much of an age problems, it just that every rapper is chase after money, so if one rapper make a song that is hot, in like two day every rapper is making the same sound with the style and beat no one out here in the rap game have a true idenity or try to be different.

  • chillthrills

    its so much to be said,,,,first who is controlling the music coming out in the mainstream,,thats problem,number,1,,,number 2,,,,if the white kids dont buy it,,,,it wont really sell,,,because a lot of black kids are trying to rap there way out of poverty,,,and so on,,,,number 3,,,,the golden age and the 90S,,there,where certain struggles,,,the black community had and still have and certain artist addressed those issues,,,the bling era and that abc rhyming shit,,,,,distorted,,those issues,,,,.4,no artist development,,,,5.hip-hop is at its best when it stands for something,,rebelling against the system and partying at the same time,,6.,what ever is popping on the underground needs to be supported,,,hip-hop started without radio,,and it will survive without radio,,,,just because an artist is on a label dosent mean he's the shit of the night,,,,,i can go on and on,,,im leave on this note number 7. the god number,,we need a different,,vehicle other than viacom,,because they basicallly control the whole roost,,,,sean carter and this filthy rap cats need to come together,,,and counter balance whats going in these wack ass companies,,,and bring it back home to where it belongs,,,BUT WE ALL KNOW HOW THAT GO!,,,,,

  • timo

    HIP HOP IZZ NOT A FASHION SHOW ITZ A WAY OF LIFE BOOM BAP START RIGHT HEEERREE IN DA BX WHO START THIZ IT IZ WHAT IT IZ U GOT IT KEEP BE RELEVANT MUSIC CLASSIC

  • Anonymous

    The age problem exist because young black have no respect for the ones who paved the way. You don't see this in anyother genre but one of ours. The rolling stones, elton john, etc can still sell records and sell out shows. Why? Rock n roll fans are more loyal and know more about the history of rock than these dum ass youngsta's...

  • Anonymous

    salute all the generals who started all this shit... WU-TANG DRE SLICK RICK 2PAC BIGGIE REDMAN EPMD GANGSTARR KRS-ONE and all the other greats never forget where you come from cause you will never know where your going

  • Taliban

    Ya'll are idiots. Hip Hop is for young people huh. So rapper are a bunch of sub 18 year old's or pre-adolescents? Ya'll have no clue about history and it's a damn shame. Too Many young, arrogant, and ignorant. It's a damn shame.

  • Anonymous

    rap is for the children stop you old lame ass man. you had your time in the 80 and 90's. now your are boring.

  • Anonymous

    indeed hiphop is for young people. nothing more stupied then a 40 old rapper talking about he is going to kill you and is selling drugs and has skillz on the mic. Imagine if Prince would go on the mic and say he has more skillz then Lenny Kravitz.lol hiphop is for the kids no disrespect.

    • Anonymous

      @blaklex 1) Stop crying 2) You're a bitch 3) Hip Hop is for KIDS ONLY 4) BLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAW

    • blaklex

      1) Learn how to spell (stupid) 2) Hip hop isn't just about killing, guns and skills on the mic 3) There isn't much of a huge age gap between Prince and Lenny Kravitz 4) You're a jackass

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  • Anonymous

    Wow so real! You dont stop something you love! Let these young mautherfuckers know! Even though I am young I understand this.

  • Anonymous

    the problem is people can't stay relevant, no one wants to hear a 45 yr old talking about gang banging and banging chicks. Fukin learn how to do something other than spitting like producing.

    • blaklex

      If all you look for in hip hop is how to gang bang and bang chicks, you too are a jackass!

    • 614grind

      The problem is, too many young cats talk shit and want to be anonymous. Throw rocks and hide ya hand ass niggas. The internet gave pussies room to breathe.

    • Anonymous

      as long as the beat is dope flow is nice and the wordplay is good then i dont care if they are 270 years old with seven great x5 grand kids

  • Anonymous

    put age limit on who is in hiphop and who listens 16 and up nigga if you aint old enough to get a job why lil ass kids talkin bout money hoes clothes weed etc in school actin grown rns

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  • Anonymous

    rock and roll has no age limited so why does rap?

  • SCHWARZ

    KEEPIN IT 100 STOP TELLIN N!GGAS 2 STEP DOWN & U STEP UP & GET YO OWN U SOUND & LOOK LIKE A DEFEATED PATHETIC WEAKLIN WANTIN JAY OR DMX OR RAEKWON TO RETIRE SO U CAN GET MORE SOUNCLOUD HITS

  • diddy3900

    this is a dope interview. whish everyone that loves hiphop/rap muzik would take a look at this.

  • Nuff said....

    Knowledge right here. If u a so called rap/hip hop fan, and u dnt understand what these cats are sayin, u either too young or a fuckin idiot. Either way, u need to be smackd in yo fuckin grill.

    • BlazeDatIshUp

      True dat. I wanna smack them in their fucking grill just for listening to these weak ass artists out now who create bullshit and pass it off as hip hop or music period. Actually I wouldn't mind smacking the artists in their grill either for creating the bs.

  • rats

    raise the maturity level of hip hop !!! hip's hops aging and so are the artist, time to take it too the next level.

  • Chunk Rock

    Premo is a living legend. Dopest beats in the game. Probably always will be. You young cats need to recognize!! I feel sorry for your wack asses. Listening to these trumped up Fruity Loop beats created in 15 mins, wack ass trap sound. WTF is that?!! Laugh at yourselves.

  • buckeyewu

    80s rappers didnt sell in the 90s, most 90s rappers didnt sell in the 2000s, most 70s soul singers didnt sell in the 80s. older artists need to realize that they are legends and even legends like paul mccartney, prince, james brown, and new edition dont sell records like they did in their prime. its human nature.

    • buckeyewu

      I like all good rapers. Be on point and original and I'll be a fan of yours from ages 19 to 90.

    • ETL

      But that doesn't mean it's not ok to listen to them or go the shows, if it's what you came up on then go with your heart. If your grandparents came up on 70's music you don't expect them to go from the OJ's to Mindless behavior because the OJ's aren't relevant do you? This is the same scenario it's just that is hip hop this time around.

    • thinkCommon

      Word@ But what about Eminem? His commercial career started in 1999 and today this day he still is able to out-sell 95% of the industry. but you're definitely right. That's what I noticed. That's why I am actually supriced how the rap game will look in 2020 or the end of this decade because it's always changing. I hope the boom bamp rap will be more the 'trend'(I guess we should call it like that these days). The 80s Big Daddy Kane was the man with his smooth lyrics. Then the rap game totally change with gangsta rap of NWA early 90s late 80s, Public Enemy & Wu Tang Clan. Hip Hop changed and was suddendly more hardcore. I hope we could witness another revolution like that.

  • youngsta

    grandpa premier needs to stop crying and just hang that shit up. c'mon, he's 46 years old. fucking 46! us young niggas laugh at that. and how much did his last album sell with that old ass bumpy knuckles? lol, they both need to hang it up and go to a retirement home now. leave hip hop for the younger niggas.

    • They Trolls

      They trolls don't feed them

    • Anonymous

      lol did u just say premier has monopolised rap with his friends nas thats the dumbest comment ever!!! if anything its rozay's mmg, yeezy's good music and young money that are part of an oligopoly that force lex luger/ europop beats into the radio and have killed the art of sampling taken hip hop out of the streets completely and everything is club orientated what annoys me is people listen to the same stuff thats in the clubs on their ipods and in their spare time you have to look extra hard to find good hiphop now

    • sweyep

      choosing not to retire doesnt help developement in hip hop...we have had the same hip hop legend for years now, Jay z,Nas,Pac,Biggie and so on....when we gona have major labels looking for the next jay or nas..they wont all they budgets are fixed towards these rappers who put out music for sake of income and less for drive.....DJ Premier and so on have monopolised hip hop with the promotion his friends like Nas, i dont see him pushing other cats to nas level...people act like no one can rap like nas when the fact no one is given a chance with a big label to be lyrical and ambitious...da industry pushes u into strip clubs and other ways to waste ur cash

    • Anonymous

      Trolling or just stupid?

    • spirit equality

      If the issue is sales, a lot of young rappers need to hang it up as well. Primo and Bumpy Knuckles probably sold as much as younger acts releasing indie albums, so everyone releasing an indie album should quit? WTF are you talking about?

    • buckeyewu

      who gives a fuck about what children laugh about anyway? maybe you'll learn not to give a fuck about what people think about you when you get outta grade school. sounds like peer pressure has your nuts on lock. LMAO!

    • ETL

      Obviously you missed the point. Premier and Foxx are still eating,still have fans, production and show money. You don't see Paul Mccartney hanging it up and he's in his 60's why should our genre have an age limit? If it still dope keep rocking. You're getting musicians and pop stars mixed up. Pop stars are temporary musicicians are forever. You'll see who's leftover that came out lately still doing it in 15+ years from now and you'll get it if you don't die a youngsta.

  • Masta Hanksta

    There is nothing wrong with Hip-hop today. I'm always going to stay loyal and love the culture Like Premier says and all of us O.G's agree. I myself grew up listening to Rapper delight ,Grand Master Flash and watching Beat Street. My youtube channel focuses on Scratching and Mixing Sometimes I use Old skool sometime new skool but thats my release and my way of educating the younger generation were this culture started and is aways going. I'm only three years younger than Premier and Hip hop is what keeps me looking and feeling young. Masta Hanksta

  • ETL

    I don't think we need a change bacause it would go to another extreme that could also kill the the culture. we should strive for a balance and unity. We(hip hop fans)are the most closed minded open minded people in entertainment.

  • the point is

    dont blame rappers for the age thing.blame yourselves.the consumers.

  • junMaf*ckn

    Tell Em Preem! Game said to Jay Z "You 37 and You Still Rappin Uhhhh" I Be My F*ckin LIFE That Game Will Still Be Rappin At 37.

  • redell drakeford

    this age thing in hip-hop is very disrespectful,lollapalooza 2012 booked black sabbath the founders of heavy metal within the first week of them announcing those catz being on this year bill,tickets sold out within a week $200.00 A Pop.the heavy metal genre have respect for their musical elders hip-hop on the other hand catz need to realize one day they might get up in age.

    • s

      best comment I've read on this site. Almost any above-average act in metal can have a long career with good music and hard work. Good music is timeless. Very few hip-hop heads get this. There is zero respect for the culture and what made it what it is- which is a million elements that have nothing to do with record deals and twitter followers.

  • Curtis75Black

    A lot of great points were made from both Premo & Bumpy. The one thing I see is that the elders and the more sophisticated emcee don't really have that outlet like they use to. You can't see Bumpy or anyone who rocked on 9th Wonder's last opus on 106 & Park. The days of Rap City & Arsenio Hall is long gone. If a true executive of Hip Hop was to put that back into play, regardless of whats on TV, radio or what websites decide to promote, the balance will be back because it will be heard.

  • all i know is...

    Slaughterhouse > Fat Boys Black Hippy > Furious 5

    • Anonymous

      UNTIL SLAUGTHERHOUSE & BLACK HIPPY MAKE A CLASSIC LIKE "THE MESSAGE", FOH CLOWN MELLY MEL>>>>>

    • EyeLoveHipHop

      everyone u named is hip hop. the problem is garbage like chief keef, waka, gucci, minaj, etc is fucked up the balance of the genre

  • Clark kent

    I can quickly identify if dj premier produced a beat and thats not a good thing because he is afraid to experiment.

    • beta

      Actually that is a good thing, because Preemo beats are always dope and have that trademark sound on them.

    • ETL

      That's his sound, and 2o+ years later it works so what's wrong with that? I can play a 92 primo beat followed by a 2012 primo beat and you still gonna vibe to it. At the end you gonna have cats that went thru the phase and those that love the culture.

    • RC

      I don't know if it's necessarily a bad thing, definately a personal preference but I kinda like it because his sound is like his signiture which is not an easy feat with Hip-Hop music let alone sample based music. I can tell a Premier production wether if its from 95' or 2012, you can't exactly do that with a Dr. Dre or Kanye production. I don't think Premier is afraid to expirement I just think he has integrity and doesn't fall victim trends, not every producer can say that.

    • Anonymous

      straight up.

  • uptownfirst

    I agree 100 percent with Preme. Its good that young cats like Kendrick Lamar, (the only young cat who I think is nice and pays homage to older cats), are keeping the music fresh. But there is no way anyone who is being sincerely honest, can say that this generation has produced the level of classics that Preme's generation did, its not even close. Mobb Deep made the Infamous when they were like 16 same with Nas an Illmatic. I would hope that a 16 year old could come with that kind of creativity to revolutionize the game but that hasn't happen point black. Oldheads are eager to hear fresh music, we don't want to keep digging in the crates either. I get excited by nice young MCs but its a heavy load to carry to compare the golden era to now. We may never get that back and that's cool,things change. But its hard to look at something you loved turn into what it has become, don't bastardize the shit. A crew of little dudes like the Da Youngstaz and Illegal would run circles around most of the adult artists out now and they were like fourteen spitting. Its just hard to take what it has evolved into. Older cats like Preme paid homage to those who came before them, that is part of our culture, that's part of respect. So Tribe would put a jazz artist like Ron Carter on their album, or the faces of all the MCs they loved on the cover of Midnight Marauders. What MC or group would do that now? None because its just a selfish game now. Hip hop is big enough for every generation, that ageism bullshit, at least for black people is just another tool to divide and conquer. That same approach was used by the slave master to pit old against young, light against dark, house against field. Don't be a victim to that bullshit. But it seems that the internet has created a culture where the majority of posts are on some hate shit, no wonder the quality of music has declined because the love old heads would should for each other is gone.

    • chillthrills

      woop there it is,,,lol,,,you aint never lie on that one

    • Anonymous

      @ bronx whos we? u mean u? im sorry but you dont speak for all of us ..

    • Anonymous

      1999 joey badass he is a young ns foreal my nigga i only listen to like 5 artist and he is one of them

    • Bronx

      Kendrick is not the only young dude who pays homage.you see and hear only what you want to believe.get off kendricks dick!also not the only one keepin music fresh.it sounds like ur just mad none of the new rappers are 90's boom bap copy cats.dude we have had plenty of classics since the 90's you just def.Pro Era & Odd Future are perfect examples of being young and droppin dope shit.Mobb Deep only put out 1 good song forreal.look at em now...nothin special.ur mad that new rappers are not doin the exact same shit everyone else did in the 90's.im sorry we dont wana hear a bunch of straight jazz & funk samples for the rest of eternity. these old hip-hop fans swear they know whats best for hip-hop.but really they just wana keep it in a box and stop it from expanding for the better.

  • Rap-Hop

    how about everybody stop cryin about the next man.age doesnt matter.hip-hop is evolving whether yall fans and rappers like it or not.either you like an artist or not.if you dont then just leave it at that.YOU ARE NOT KOOL HERC.

  • lateef Supreme

    So what if he made joints for Christina Auguilara, That's not the point it was still bomb bap go listen to 2 chainz faggot"

  • Anonymous

    "def jam have krit nas young jeezy but they pushing 2 chains" Nas is an old man, and Jeezy takes forever to get an album in stores. Pushing 2 Chainz makes sense.

    • youngsta

      they're ALL old ass niggas, except for krit.

    • Anonymous

      "Nas is an old man" In that little bit of his point he just proved 2 things: What Premo is saying is true & and stupid the commenter actually is.

    • Anonymous

      that "old man" got an album out that shits on everything out rite now, so u better tell 2 Chainz or whoever ya favorite rapper is 2 step their game up.

  • So Icy Boi!

    I would suck DJ Premier's dick for a cheeseburger. swag

  • Lesson

    how do you expect an artist in the music industry to speak for you 1st of all? We all love preemo, we all love that raw shit, we all love good music, the problem is you cant expect the nas or the common or lupe type of artist to always have the answers you looking to hear! At the end of the day these guys are running a business and are living in another tax bracket than the fans of their music! Like he said age is just one of the many problems with hip hop right now, and I agree 1000%! Age is what the music industry uses to push people aside...thats the core element to pop culture...NONE OF THAT SHIT is what hip hop is about...Age is something you internet dudes are always talkin shit about too though...so that must be why yall sound offended by what preemo sayin!! he talkin about the industry, not you shit for brains!! goes to show how clueless you young cats are!! Your go at your own but you stay silent when the real enemy attacks!! some of you even take the enemys side!! case end point the trayvon martin case!! smh if you think about it the fans, and the internet are like 80% of the problem imo...

  • Anonymous

    Big Up Premier!!! Putting shit in a proper perspective!!!

  • everyday

    everyday its the same old arguement about hip hop and corporations and radio etc etc. if you guys really want to make a difference BUY THE MUSIC FROM THE ARTIST'S YOU THINK SHOULD BE HEARD. you all agree that it's all about the money right? what makes you think that if an "underground artist" starts selling 100s of thousands of downloads or albums. You think the labels are not gonna follow suit and get behind that? They wold because they are a business focused on making money, it's not a f*****ing conspiracy.

  • Anonymous

    dj michael watts needa come out of hiding lol and put houston back on the mainstream them the only niggas worth playing these days beisde kendrick lamar and BIG K.R.I.T lookin fwd to that DMX tho

  • Anonymous

    lol blame bet to omg girls what the fuck is that seen them at number 1 spot some how and a bunch of other stupid shit

  • Anonymous

    age aint the problem cause u got the grown ass niggas putting out the same stupid shit the kids putting out. the problem is lables dont wanna push real niggas def jam have krit nas young jeezy but they pushing 2 chains because he maken the dumb shit

    • Anonymous

      wtf he also rhymed rap and trap who says u have 2 rhyme the last words but that bein said 2 chainz is shit

    • Anonymous

      WHAT? 2 Chainz has got lyrics like this: Name a nigga that want some, Ill out rap his ass, out trap his ass Put his ass in a plastic bag Rhyming ass 3 times... inspiring

  • anon

    PREMIER TRYIN TO ACT LIKE SOME UNDERGROUND DUDE, BITCH YOU MADE SONGS FOR CHRISTINA AGUILARA DON'T FUCKING LIE.

    • Anonymous

      And He made beats for Guru- the greatest rapper who ever lived so what now?

    • Cril of Out Da Box TV

      @HEY!Huh I'm glad you brought up that point, Wait till u see part 2. Coming Soon. Much thanks for all the great comments on this. Props to hiphopdx and all the fans.

    • HEY! Huh?YOU!WHOME?YES!!

      youd have a point if prem comprimised himself to work with her! while he gave her some fresh new preemo we arent used to normally, he still gave her that hip hop shit and it sounded dope! His point is you cant let corporations or pop music dictate hip hop...because hip hop is a culture not just music a fad or a trend...

    • Anonymous

      On a critically acclaimed album... mainstream rappers need to work with Premo more.

  • Immortal On My Grind

    Every rapper says the same bullshit Premier said, yet, nothing changes. I swear it's time for revolution.

  • NV1980

    Classic albums in hiphop now are far and few between the days of albums front to back being good are gone....

  • So Icy Boi!

    ma new album Infinite Swag Universe gonna destroy all old rappers. its a modern day classic. YMCMB we on fire. swag

  • RIP 7

    In the words of the GOD RAKIM he said "Classic cause age don't count in the booth when your flow stay emerge in the fountain of youth"

  • Anonymous

    Age only matters in professional sports. In music, as long as the desire and the ability to change with the times is there, there's no reason why DJ Premier can't still be relevant. The problem is some of the older catz have a hard time accepting that their vision might not be shared the same way it did say in the 90's. Today's youth don't care about a resume in rap because in their minds hip hop started with whoever the latest gimmick rapper is. Premo will have to hang it up sometime, but for the most part, that decision is up to him.

  • Anonymous

    "What part of the younger generation has delivered a timeless album" Drake

  • Eminem 'Till I Collapse

    "This is your moment, and every single minute you spend Tryna hold on to it because you may never get it again So while you're in it, try to get as much shit as you can And when your run is over just admit when it's at its end" It's not about age, it's about popularity.

  • Anonymous

    I don't think age should dictate when you quit Hip Hop I think when the quality of your music just gets crap then just admit when your runs at it's end.

  • Tempoclash

    Primo will always be my favourite hip hop producer. But the reason why hip hop is in such a good state is because of the younger generation ... unafraid to take risks, to veer away from what is categorised as "real hip hop". its getting a bit tiring hearing primo talk about the generational gap and young cats not paying homage.... its time for a change

    • Tempoclash

      danny brown is 30 but is a new cat. and one of the artists primo would label as "just coming into the game", and thank god for that. listen to the tune he did with UK grime producer Dark E Freaker - not afraid to take risks!! you've just listed the GOOD music camp and disregarded everyone else!! my bad for including them. but it doesn't take anything away from any of the points i made! infact take them out out and put in araabmuzik, death grips, samiyam, blue daisy etc etc etc. You arent looking hard enough. good hip hop is everywhere just in different forms

    • Anonymous

      Is he really? Kanye West (35) Q-Tip (42) Common (40) Just Affiliated Mos Def (38) Pusha T (35) John Legend (33) Mr Hudson (33) D'banj (32) KiD CuDi (28) CyHi The Prynce (27) Ain't really doing shit Big Sean (24) And he's not talented Teyana Taylor (21) No... Just No then tell me what was your/his point?

    • DJ

      Tempoclash is the man.only one makin good points.

    • Anonymous

      Not sure about Oddisee's age Clear Soul Forces

    • Anonymous

      Danny Brown is 30

    • Tempoclash

      danny brown, kendrick lamar, schoolboy q, ab soul, a$ap rocky, blu, joey bada$$, kanye & crew... we can even go into the beats side of things - flying lotus, hudson mohawke, om unit, eprom... when primo saying he listened to all types of music. the new cats are actually making shit that crosses genres - hip hop, jungle, house, grime... shit is exciting! if you think hip hop is not in a good place right now you're either not paying attention or your afraid of hearing something different

    • Anonymous

      The Best Rappers out under 30 now? Not In Order Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Ab-Soul, Blu, ScHoolBoy Q, Jay Rock, Fashawn, Joey Bada$$ Then There's Diggy Simmons, Iggy Azalea, Nicki Minaj, Soulja Boy, Machine Gun Kelly, Tyga, SpaceGhostPurrp, Chief Keef, Earl Sweatshirt, Mac Miller, Big Sean, Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky, Lil Wayne, Lil Chuckee, Lil Twist, Waka Flocka Flame, Travis Porter, Future, Roscoe Dash

    • R.Pgh

      I definitely see your point, but like someone pointed out, for every Blu you have a Waka Flaka Flame, Gucci Mane, and a Solja Boy. I think that's the big thing about dudes trapped in the 90's. You had so many actual emcees that gave a shit about what they were saying. There are still younger emcees doing it, but you have to search a bit harder to find them. @ jg - Kanye is 35 and Damien Marley is 34 years old. They are not young dudes in the game. Hell, Damien's first album came out in 96'.

    • Anonymous

      Were only talking about swaggots here.

    • jg

      Kanye West, Fashawn, Blu & Exile, Damian Marley, Lupe Fiasco...must I go on?

    • Anonymous

      What part of the younger generation has delivered a timeless album?

    • Anonymous

      hmmm and look at the change there are not many young Hip Hop artists out that we can be that proud of, for every good one you can name 2 fucking terrible ones.

    • Anonymous

      thank you louis farrakhan

  • Anonymous

    Age ain't nothing but a number.

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    The reason some people have a problem with some rappers and the age thing is this Grown men talking about selling drugs being in the hood and all that gangsta shit is corny as fuck your in the music business and thats how you make your money

    • Anonymous

      So how come there allowed to talk about selling drugs in their second album they won't be doing it anymore. Then there's fucking Officer Ricky...

    • Anonymous

      thank you fredro starr

    • Anonymous

      yeah but that's exactly what the companies are doing : they build characters listen to sticky fingaz "rap starr" track. it says it all

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