21 Savage is joining the suddenly hot war between the generations. After Pete Rock and Waka Flocka went back and forth over old heads claiming that their generation was better, the “Bank Account” rapper felt the need to clear a few things up in a note he posted to Twitter.
“Why do so many of these ‘OG Rappers’ judge the new generation?” he wrote. “They say we make drug user music like making drug-selling music is better. What’s the difference?”
21 added that it’s hypocritcal of them to judge young artists drug habits when they had a few of their own back in the day.
“Artists been snorting cocaine and smoking crack since the ‘70s and ‘80s. Did y’all forget that?“ he asked.
21 continued on to say that there’s more productive things that old heads could be doing with their time than trying to badmouth the new kids on the block. He told them that all their positive messages added up to not a whole lot to the average rapper from this generation.
“Instead of judging, how about y’all make a change. If the message in the previous generation of rap was so good, why did so many of our parents abandon us for crack?” he said. “Why we still killing each other? Don’t use us as the scapegoat!”
It’s just the environment that people like Savage grew up in and the music can’t help but show that off.
“Our music is a reflection of what’s going on in our community and all we’re doing is using our talent to escape that community,” he said.
21’s well-reasoned message has at least one supporter from another generation. T.I. posted 21’s note to his Instagram and backed the sentiments behind it, adding that he wouldn’t have listened to anyone from another generation when he first came out either.
T.I. also told the older generation that they can’t argue with the success that the music has had. He pointed to their sales as justification that the rappers are serving a market need with their music.
“Lil bro speaking real truth tho. The fact of the matter is… There’s been good,bad, great,mediocre artists,&otherwise in EVERY generation …. Even ours(2000s) , The Founding era (80s) & the golden era of the 90s. They’re not the only generation to make ‘user music’ either. Can anyone remember a Lil album called ‘The Chronic’? Or hit Recs like ‘Sippin on some Sizzurp’…. Regardless of the subject matter…This is THEY TIME. Couldn’t nobody tell us how to run ours,or make us sound how they thought we should… Live ya life & do ya stuff young’n. Just bare with us,&try to understand …. y’all n*ggaz kinda different & take some getting used to. As the elders gotta understand they’re SUCCESS JUSTIFIES the CHANGE. The Numbers DONT LIE!!! Can’t hate on that
Check out Savage’s tweet up top. What do you think? Is he right to defend the music coming from young rappers? Have we reached a nadir of rap music with catchphrase-based Soundcloud rap or is it merely the newest mutation? Is this just an eternal debate that Lil Pump’s current fans will one day have with their own children? Sound off in the comments and don’t forget to SHARE this article.