Rap newcomer Charles Hamilton recently called out rap veterans who chase collabos with younger hotter artists for their own self-interests rather than for true appreciation.
Refusing to specify a particular rapper, Hamilton explained his issues with older rappers using young emcees for their own buzz.
“Hip-Hop needs to be inspired by itself,” Hamilton said in an interview. “And the older generation needs to either back out of this sh*t or start respecting the younger generation. Stop trying to pimp ‘em. Like if you 50 years old, don’t get on a 20 year old n*gga’s song just ’cause you know your buzz is gonna get up ’cause you ain’t drop. If you 50, get on a 20 year old n*gga’s song ’cause he’s dope and he’s gonna give you a run for your money and you want a run for your money because you a f*cking Mt. Rushmore face in this sh*t…When I saw T.I. and B.o.B., they did a record together…That’s big, that’s real sh*t…You get Nas and Wale…The concept alone is Nas is a dope rapper, Wale is a dope rapper, two different generations are working together.” (Hard Knock TV)
Rap legend Scarface recently paid homage to the new wave of emcees including Soulja Boy.
“I think the Internet is what’s wrong with rap right now,” he explained. “Because it’s no way to filter garbage. You say some dumb-a** sh*t, and you get a million hits on your Web site…And Soulja Boy is not included…He getting money and he’s my son’s age. I like the way he do it. I think he got the potential to be the next Russell [Simmons]. I’m giving him some big-a** shoes to stand beside but if that kid really focus on finding talent and marketing that sh*t like he is now at f*cking 18, 19-years-old, I ain’t mad at it.” (Vibe)
Byrd Gang leader Jim Jones has been known to work with younger artists including Juelz Santana and DJ Webstar.
“Webstar had a smash song on the radio and I kept thinking like, ‘D*mn, it’s a Harlem thing going on.’ I called him up and jumped on the record with him and the song ended up doing things we couldn’t imagine,” Jones explained in an interview…We thought of different ways to make Webstar bigger than he already is. I told him if we did a duet album together, it wouldn’t be a discredit to him, it would only help build his brand which in turn will get him more money when he does his solo album…I’m about to take a trip back into the lab and start my infamous recording process that I’m known for, so look forward to that.” (BET)
Hamilton previously spoke on his Pink Lavalamp digital debut reflecting his interpretation of music’s future.
“It is, without question, a hip-hop album,” Hamilton said last year. “At the same time, I embody different genres of music to express different feelings and emotions that I feel in my everyday life. My music is always based on my life. My happiness, my sins, my heartbreak, my anger, my quirkiness, my everything is given in my music. The music I grew up listening to told a story. So I’m taking the music I grew up with, as well as my story, as well as my musicianship, to bring about a new sound. I don’t want to sound redundant and talk about myself all the time, but I hope my story can help someone else’s life.” (Last FM)
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