News: DJ Webstar Talks Moving Beyond Jay-Z's "D.O.A." Message, "I Can't Expect Some 45 Year-Old Man To Relate To [Me]"
Monday, Nov 2, 2009 5:00PM
DJ Webstar recently discussed moving past Jay-Z's "Death of Auto-Tune" controversy from last summer and explained why it is vital to understand some older generation rappers may not respect his records.
While crediting the contributions Hov has made to the rap game, Webstar also explained his stance on his auto-tune records falling victim to "D.O.A."
"The veterans don't respect the new generation," Webstar explained in an interview. "You got to pay your dues and put your work in, which is so true, but I was just so mad because I had one of the hottest records at the time [and] it was in auto-tune. Jim Jones was a part of it and Dame Dash also helped on my deal, so I was just feeling like maybe he was throwing at shot at me and [Ron] Browz just to get to them. But at the end of the day, Jay-Z did so much for hip-hop, man...We're in a whole different generation bracket. So, I can't expect some 45 year-old man to relate to a 21 or 22 year-old boy like me [who's] just making good club music for the kids...If auto-tune was wack and my music wasn't good, it wouldn't be requested. It wouldn't be added to 45 different markets in the country. It wouldn't happen." (XXLMag)
The rapper previously addressed Hov's song via Twitter last June.
"Who heard old a** Jay-Z hating," he wrote. "Bottom line is a 40 year-old can't relate to a 17 or 22 year-old so he could never end my career. @bowwow614 I know he's a legend bro, just like you a legend but I don't give a f*ck about that just 'cause you a legend don't mean you take out my family's mouth. At the end of the day he's a human just like me, he ate already enough for everybody, let the young n*gga's eat. I know y'all said he ain't say my name but who else could he be talking about besides me and [Ron] Browz? He shouted everybody else out that do it. And I only have two songs with autotune anyway but still right is right and wrong is wrong, legend or not!" (DJ Webstar's Twitter)
Webstar later told SOHH he had mixed feelings about speaking his mind towar Jay's controversial record.
"I'm not gonna say I regret it but I probably wouldn't do it again," Web explained. "I speak my mind and stand up for what I believe in. 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)
After numerous interviews, Jay addressed Webstar's claims and downplayed his reaction.
"Nah, he's a young guy," Jay explained in an interview. "So he probably, he doesn't have a full understanding of what I'm saying. So, you know, or maybe he'll understand one day, but right now, he's a young guy. He doesn't know no better...It's a new classic, that's what I like to call it." (WGCI)
Check out a recent DJ Webstar SOHH interview below: