Erick Sermon has expressed his qualms about the current state of Hip Hop, dismissing today’s dominant trends as being uncharacteristic of the craft he helped to pioneer.
During an interview with Say Word! Podcast on Monday (November 13), the EPMD co-founder didn’t hold back when he was asked his thoughts on the genre as it stands today.
“I just think that Hip Hop is just not Hip Hop,” he began. “I just think that they should change the name. No disrespect, but that’s not what that is […] Hip Hop can evolve, but this is not evolving. Evolving is Melle Mel to Rakim stage to the whole nine, to Wu-Tang [Clan] to Murder Inc., DMX — that’s evolving. Y’know, Cam’ron. Y’know, Dipset — that’s evolving.”
Watch the rap veteran talk about the culture at the 6:49 mark below:
Contrarily, Charlamagne Tha God believes that Hip Hop is thriving, and that those criticizing the genre are “stuck in an era” that’s come and gone.
“I think Hip Hop is in a great place,” Charlamagne said. “I think people that don’t like Hip Hop now are just mad that it’s not what it used to be. They’re stuck in an era. I love all these new dudes.
DJ Envy then chimed in: “I love it not only for that, musically, the music is great. I love the fact that these brothers get money. They’re keeping themselves out of the hood, they’re paying for their families. Paying for their mama’s cribs and all that.”