“I hear it all the time — ‘Yo, he should let the young guys, the new generation of guys come in.’ But you don’t become the front-runner in music because someone lets you. You have to claim your shoes,” Jay-Z says. “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.”
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Agreed, it’s not Jay-Z’s fault that most of the new rappers suck. It’s because most of them don’t know what they want to be because they have an identity crisis, on one side you have some who are trying to be someone else and then on the other side you have those who try to be different and just end up looking corny. The only thing they’re not doing is being themselves.