News: State Property's Young Chris On Jay-Z, "He Runs This Town" [Video]

Tuesday, Aug 11, 2009 6:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Young Gunz' frontrunner Young Chris recently spoke on Jay-Z's rap career and promised the hip-hop mogul has no intention of putting down the microphone any time soon.

In addition to speaking on Jay's firm grip on the rap game, Chris also explained why his Roc-A-Fella mentor is often criticized.

"The influence he had on me is substantial," Chris said in an interview. "That man is just the best that ever did it. He's just inspiration and motivation just to see how he work today. The wealth he at, just lets me know I have to stay at it. It's a grind, got a long way to go man. That man's a multi-millionaire and still goes in. Business. [He'll continue rapping] 'til he drop. Jay got it man, he can do whatever he want man. He runs this town. He's still got it. He's still got it man, that's my boy. You know what it is, he's the best at it. So the expectations are set high, sometimes you're set up for failure 'cause people are expecting the best. Then they compare it to the old Jay...He's seen more, he's experienced culture. People stuck in time 'cause they don't go nowhere." (Rugah TV)

Jay recently spoke on why he is not willing to easily handover his rap crown.

"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 been dissing Jay throughout the summer and taunting the rapper for being a 39 year-old emcee.

"You can't be getting old on n*ggas like Hov, gotta stay young," Gmae said in a video blog last 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)

Young Gunz made headlines on Jay's Roc-A-Fella Records around 2001.

The Philadelphia duo -- Young Chris and Neef -- debuted with brief appearances on the first State Property album (2001) and, more importantly, got a high-profile shoutout in Jay-Z's "Takeover" earlier that year. However, it was their first track together, "Can't Stop, Won't Stop," that proved decisive to their success. Roc-a-Fella obviously felt "Can't Stop, Won't Stop" had a bright future, because the label granted it the coveted lead-off position on the second State Property album, The Chain Gang (2003). The song took off quickly, getting heavy rotation on urban radio and music television while shooting up the Billboard Hot 100 chart. A follow-up remix with Chingy gave the single yet more legs, and it became one of the year's more memorable rap singles, setting the stage for Young Gunz's debut album. (All Music)

Check out Young Chris' thoughts on Jay-Z below:

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