Geriatric Rappers: Should Rappers Retire at a Certain Age? [Op-Ed]

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The retirement of Kobe Bryant both saddened me and gave me a sense of relief. Oftentimes this season, I watched in utter disappointment because The Black Mamba lost his game. His competitive streak was very much alive, but his body couldn’t endure the rigors of an 82-game schedule. With Kobe being 37, this forced me to think: Should rappers also have a shelf life in terms of dropping music?

Nas: Time is Illmatic Screening And Live Performance In Oakland

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Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number

Jay Z at Samsung Celebrate The Release Of Magna Carta Holy Grail, Available Now For Samsung Galaxy Owners – Arrivals

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There’s a handful of rappers teetering close to the 40 mark, while others have already surpassed that sacred number. With Jay Z turning 46 today, you have to wonder if it’s always a good thing to see one of your favorite rappers continuing to play the role of emcee as they get older. While basketball is taxing on the physical aspect of your body, rapping doesn’t damage you as much, if at all. If anything, rappers tend to get even better as they continue to age.

40 the New 20?

Nas performs at The Fox Theater on October 19, 2014 in Oakland, California

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Nas, 42, continues to remain a major component and staple in the game of hip hop because of his surreal raps. Despite segueing over to movies, Ice Cube still remains a force on features at the age of 46. Even Puff, 42 stunned the game when he released his drug-inspired mixtape MMM, during the Fall.