Royce Da 5’9: Rappers Like Eminem, Nas, and Jay Z are Incredible in Their 40s (Part 8)

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In this clip, Royce Da 5’9 discussed rappers getting slighted by the mainstream despite hip-hop dictating American popular culture. He pointed out how Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN was a work of art but was slighted by the Grammys for not recognizing it for ‘Album of the Year.’ However, Royce did say Kendrick’s Pulitzer prize victory should be a sign to younger artists as to what can be achieved if you take your craft seriously.

Later on, Royce and Vlad discuss the generational divide in hip-hop, the genre aging, and how artists like JAY-Z, Nas, and Eminem are redefining what older rappers represent. He also went into the difference between making music as food for thought and recording music based solely on the feel or moment before explaining his own process.


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  1. It's sad but Hip Hop is the only community where we bash each other for damn near everything. Of course there's issues with some artists within other genres but man I love Hip Hop but there's so much bashing on age, style, image, etc

  2. (IN MY OPINION) There's a divide because of the internet and social media. I mean imagine if these new age rappers had to put the same amount of work that old school cats had to put in just to get heard. How many of them would be relevant? They benefit from ease of access, but at the same time so do the old cats, but the consumers have set the bar so low as to what they find popular and catchy that lyricism didn't just take a backseat, they stowed that shit under the spare tire in the trunk. Now it's all about how good the beat is, and if there's 1 catchy bar or hook, the song can be complete ass, but if you can jam out to the beat and 3-10 secs of lyrics then it's a win by today's standards. I mean the producers deserve more credit than the artist in today's rap. Anyway, just my thoughts, not facts. I like a few new age rappers simply because conscience or lyrical rap in the gym just isn't the way to go.

  3. This is the worst famous rapper alive. To this day, there is no worse verse in any rap song than Royce Da 5’9”’s verse in Lighters by Eminem & Bruno Mars. Absolutely the worst verse in history. He barely rhymes at all.

  4. Ageism sucks. Hip-Hop will never die. Shout out to the young cats but they need to stop hating on the niggas who started this shit. They wouldn't exist if it weren't for the Legends. NWA, Wu Tang, Jay, BDK, Ice T, E40, Rakim, Pac, Twista, Tech N9ne, Jeru, 8ball & MJG, Scareface, Guru.

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