News: Ghostface Killah Breaks Down The Age-Factor, "I'ma Definitely Be Old In Hip-Hop"
Friday, Jul 31, 2009 4:10PM
Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah recently spoke on his perception of age within the rap game and why he has no intention of putting the mic down as he grows older.
Ghost also addressed rappers' frequent "retirement" talk and why hip-hop is more of a hobby than job for him.
"I'ma definitely be old in hip-hop," he said in an interview. "I'm not gonna be on the road. But this is a mental thing. You can write music till you 70. This is a hobby, B. Muthaf*ckas always act like they retiring and don't go nowhere. You know what it is, man. You can't get away from it, B. You don't think Michael Jordan wants to pick up the ball sometimes? But that's what it is. That's why a boxer always keep coming back, like Muhammad Ali, until he just kept getting his a** beat. Until you realize, I just ain't got it no more...I mean, yeah, you always worry about it. But that's what makes you great. It keeps you on your toes. The muthf*cka that thinks that he's not falling off, his darts start coming more weaker. Once you worry about it, and hope that this don't happen, then you're guaranteed to be around for a long time. Cause you're always trying to be on point." (New York Magazine)
Jay-Z recently addressed his stance on the age-factor within hip-hop and why he is unwilling to give up his spot for younger emcees.
"I hear it all the time -- 'Yo, he should let the young guys, the new generation of guys come in,'" Jay explained in an interview. "But you don't become the front-runner in music because someone lets you. You have to claim your shoes...If you grow up listening to hip-hop, you love hip-hop and that's the end of it. But if you're a 30 year-old rapper still trying to make music like you're 15, then you're making it narrow. At my age, I can't relate to a 15 year-old. I deal with mature and relevant topics for my age group -- it has to all be based on true emotions. The more diversity and the more mature we make hip-hop, the bigger the net you cast." (Reuters)
Rappers including DJ Webstar and The Game have previously dissed Jay-Z for being a 39 year-old emcee.
"You can't be getting old on n*ggas like Hov, gotta stay young," Game said in an interview earlier this month. "Right here, you can't do sh*t unless you got the Jay-Z breath aroma stick candles. Take one of those Jay-Z candle sticks, wave it in the air like that, in the bath, and you too can be Roc-A-Fella...This sh*t right here is d*mn near old as Jay-Z. This bottle here is 50 years old...Jay-Z breath aroma sticks. You gotta get you one of these. It's the Roc-A-Fella-A** aroma sticks." (TayDoeTV)
Ghost recently hit up SOHH to speak about the artists he snagged for his forthcoming Wizard of Poetry album.
"I had the list in my head but my list ain't work," Ghost explained. "These R&B cats is wild yo but some people heard my work and they just jumped on it. Like John Legend, he heard what I was doing and he just wanted to get on it. Same thing with Raheem DeVaughn. I wanted Alicia Keys, I reached out to Avant. Tamia, but you know how it is with women. They just stood the kid up. They ain't get back so I had to just go with the fellas." (SOHH)
Check out SOHH's recent interview with Ghostface Killah below: