Music veteran Missy Elliott has come to the defense of Jay Z amid recent remarks from rap star Young Thug about old artists not appealing to him because of his age.
Instead of digging fully into the topic, Missy suggested music is ageless.
“I think what me and Tim did, our music was so ahead of its time and its still ahead of its time and its not even coming from a cocky or conceited way, I look at Tim and say, ‘What were you on? What were we on? Musically, It can’t be duplicated. Those records are timeless, now when you play them it don’t sound dated. Talent is talent and it’s timeless. That’s just my take on it.” (“Sway In The Morning”)
Check out the jab Young Thug took at Jay Z on the next page…
Within a new GQ feature, Thug talked about his love for music but admits it’s time sensitive for him.
“I don’t want to be 50 years old and rapping, man. I’m pretty sure nobody wants to do that. I’m pretty sure Jay Z don’t wanna rap right now,” Thug says. “If you’re 30, 40 years old, you’re not getting listened to by minors. Like, Jay Z has some of the sickest lyrics ever, but I would never buy his CD, just because of my age and because of his age. By the time I turn that old, I ain’t gonna be doing what he’s doing.” (GQ)
Thug also dished on how he sees his career shaping.
“I hope to be like Bill Gates, bro. With all the money in the world. Like [Lil] Wayne, someday I want one of those kind of careers. Or Michael Jackson.” (GQ)
Last September, Cash Money Records head Birdman talked about his relationship with Thug.
“I met Thug, flew him to L.A. to come see me and we connected from there, then Quan came to the table. I always believed in unity, that’s always been my thing. They were already working on a project, them two, and I said, ‘Let’s do it together. Let me take it to the next level for y’all, ’cause I see y’all got the potential and the talent.'” (MTV)