Maybach Much Group’s Wale has shed light on his perception of the current rap game and why hip-hop has changed since the 1996 passing of late rap mogul Tupac Shakur.
Labeling Pac as irreplaceable, Wale questioned the loyalty of hip-hop fans in today’s times.
“What do yall think tupac special…its 10000652 things we could say, but what’s YOUR reason?,” he tweeted Tuesday (April 5).
“I think tupac connected with several audiences, more then any rapper, ever….and. I doubt anyone will Ever connect that way again … Rap was way different back then…fans showed a lot more love, nowadays people treat rappers like pro teams..”
“In hiphop they designate1 rapper a year to be great, there’s so much anger x hatred in the consumer nowadays plus “bein a rapper” is as easy as finding a mic and camera Smtimes, when underground artist get mainstream success.somtimes original fans abandon, because “its not cool” to like someone on the charts”
“I think Odd Future is gonna be huge this year…great music, great shows… And I’m sure they’ll be a lot of psuedo odd futures created at the last minute to catch the wave…that’s what’s wrong But whatever, this rant was sponsored by the good people at….nevermind it was the weed man”
“Back in the day when u had passion in ur intvws or songs, they said u were PASSIONATE..now they say ur whinning..#checkurself Lost boys had a single, that was a story “Renne”. How far u think a story record will get u now, as a single How amazing was Reasonable Doubt..how many people would turn they back on n amazing album cuz hihopdx said it “undersold””
“Hiphop “enthusiast” hate on certain artist.because their not usin “big words”. IN MY OPINION connecting w/ ppl is mre imptnt then vocabulary” (Wale’s Twitter)
Last month, West Coast rapper Game shared his thoughts on the state of rap.
“I just think that every now and then in hip hop, there’s a dead space so we need some substance,” he tells Billboard.com’s The Juice. “I think that I just might be one of the last artists that really cares about hip hop and not rap, not the culture, not poppin’ bottles, not the cars, chains, broads, I just actually care about nurturing and giving back to this sort of foundation on which I grew up on, which is real hip-hop.” (Billboard)
A few months ago, rap veteran Redman killed the notion of album sales dictating an artist’s worth.
“You gotta understand, we’re doing a movement,” Red said in an interview. “It’s not just about record sales. F*ck how many motherf*ckers got the biggest sales and all that. That don’t mean sh*t. Motherf*ckers be having high a** sales but not respected in the street, not respected for the culture. It’s not about sales no more, it’s about a movement. Who’s gonna follow that movement? Red and Meth are the smoking movement. Any time we drop an album, y’all should be at the f*cking store, whether you like it or not and buy the f*cking album. December 7th, Reggie.” (Best of Both Offices)
Rap star Rick Ross recently praised Wale and compared him to Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West.
“After spending months of my summer working with Kanye, I learned and seen so many different visions and ideas come to light. I was there for ‘Flashing Lights’, when it was actually titled another title that me and Kanye went back and forth about. And when I think about Wale, I think about Kanye. And the kind of rhymes Wale has been laying down the last few months, since we been in the studio, I’m pretty sure there’s gonna be a lot of similarities as far as the pictures that he paints,” the Bawse continued. “Of course, Kanye is one of the greats of our time, but I see that same potential in Wale.” (MTV)
Check out some recent Wale footage below: