How Old is TOO Old to Rap or Produce?
Whats good MM! Got a quick question for you guys. This one is directed towards the 90’s babies and earlier. Without me giving up my age I remember getting my first Public Enemy cassette tape It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back when I was in elementary school. Yes, I’m still in love with hip hop today the same (if not more) as I was back then. So my question is.. How old is Too old to Rap or Produce?
I remember closing the door on my 20’s and feeling like my youth was decimating before me, thinking I would never have a shot in the music world. Then Jay Z dropped the Kingdom Come album which featured 30 Something and the unforgettable line “30 is the new 20”. That was just what I needed to hear at that time. Not to mention he was still making the kind of music I liked to listen to when the airwaves was being dominated by the new era hip hop. Not to say I didn’t like some of it, there just needed to be a balance.
Today we see a lot of the GREATS resurfacing and I notice a lot of us welcome them back with open arms. I would think the same goes for production. Its not the age, its the music that you make. If you are not caught in a 80’s time warp, I think you can still be relevant these days. Now if the golden era is in your blood (as is in mine) and that’s the type of records you produce; please continue. I honestly believe it could work now but with a new twist.
See every so often history repeats itself and I see this happening soon in Hip Hop. Just look at how the slang words Dope, Fresh etc. are now back in. If you’re a 90’s hip hop head go through your hard drive find them old joints you did and update them. Beef up the drums, change up the pattern a lil, maybe throw a new sequence in there and you’ll be surprised. Thats if they were dope to begin with. Its maybe just what someone like Raekwon or Nas is looking for!
In closing.. music is not a sport. So we can do this as long as we have a sound mind and are aware of whats fresh or not. Remember everyone is not young and we all age together. Sure the youth buy the records but lets be honest.. who the hell is buying records these days anyway. Our generation needs new music to listen to as well. Hope this inspires some of you to keep going and keep making dope joints for the old heads lol. Check this vid from back in the days on the blvd of… you know the rest. Until next time catch me everywhere @AGGOTBEATS