News: Jay-Z Addresses The Age-Factor, "I Can't Relate To A 15 Yr. Old"
Monday, Jul 20, 2009 8:55AM
Jay-Z recently spoke on the perception of age within the rap game and why he is not willing to easily give up his spot to younger emcees.
The hip-hop mogul also spoke on what new rappers are catching his attention.
"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...Kanye is really the father to the next generation -- he's from the school of Q-Tip, and now Drake and Kid Cudi are from the school of 'Ye. And, when you look at Kanye, you have to look at Lil Wayne. I think they're like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James." (Reuters)
The Game has recently been taking shots at Jay due to him being a 39 year-old emcee.
"N*gga's talking like Game ain't got no money, f*ck all that," Game said from his pent house. "I ain't never said I'm trying to be Bill Gates, I ain't trying to be Bill Gates. Never said I had more money than Jay, I don't. But you know, I'm doing good...I ain't never said I have more cheese than 50 [Cent]. He got a lot of money, n*gga can't rap better than me, straight up. Now Jay, that's another subject...You can't be getting old on n*ggas like Hov, gotta stay young...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)
DJ Webstar previously spoke with SOHH about calling out Jay's age when his "Death of Autotune" landed on the radio last month.
"I'm not gonna say I regret it but I probably wouldn't do it again. I speak my mind and stand up for what I believe in," he said. "I feel nobody else was gonna speak up. I believe that the young people need somebody to speak for them. I'd be more than happy to speak I don't care who it is, Jay-Z, Oprah whoever I speak up against anybody if I feel it's the right thing to do. I love his music I bought all his albums. Just 'cause he's a legend and he's a big hip-hop mogul don't mean he's always right. Nobody's always right but God. I speak for what I believe in." (SOHH)
Jay recently said his forthcoming Blueprint 3 was ready to hit shelves.
"Yeah, pretty much [it's done]," Jay revealed in an interview. "You know I still tweak it. I made 'PSA' was the last record I made on The Black Album and 'Give It To Me' was the last record I made on Dynasty. So, I'm always open to recording new records. It's pretty much done, it could go out the door right now. September 11th, the first date, it's the anniversary of the original one, of course it's a tragedy as well so we're going to be doing a lot of great things with charities and everything." (Hot 107.9)
The Blueprint 3 will be released Friday, September 11th.