Young Thug has said some pretty interesting things lately. As of recently, he has expressed his thoughts on rappers being too “old” to rap. It even raises the question of, how old is too old to rap?
But lets dissect his opinion for a moment, shall we? Even though it is his opinion, some of what he says doesn’t quite make complete sense. What was interesting to me was the fact that he specifically brought up Jay Z’s name. At the age of 45, Jay Z is still one of the most successful rappers in the game right now. Why even mention him? If anything, Young Thug should take notes if he chooses to remain relevant in this highly competitive game. If he was even going to bring up a rapper, name someone who isn’t as relevant. That would sort of make his point more valid.
And hey, he’s Jay’s spokesperson, too! In GQ magazine, he was quoted saying, “I’m pretty sure Jay Z don’t wanna rap right now.” First of all, how do you even know this? Did he tell you this straight from his mouth? Even if he didn’t want to rap, that’s his business, not yours. Who are you to speak for him, anyway?
He brings up the fact that he wants to follow in the footsteps of Bill Gates or Lil Wayne in terms of getting money and being forever rich when his rap career is over. That’s fine, but to get to that point, you have to have a certain type of mentality, which I’m not sure he has right now.
The only point that I kind of agree with (which I hate to admit) is the fact that most young kids aren’t going to listen to rappers who are in their 30′s, 40′s or even 50′s. Young kids obviously gravitate to the younger rappers who can relate to them. He says he doesn’t want to be like Jay Z in the sense of continuing to rap at his age. The reason why Jay Z is still as successful as he is is because he has something to say when he raps. He actually makes sense when we listen to his records. I can’t say the same for Young Thug. At this rate, he will never really have the chance to continue rapping past 30. I’m pretty sure he knows this, otherwise he wouldn’t have said it. While I agree with that statement to an extent, I also disagree. You will be surprised at how many young people listen to the Jay Z’s and the Snoop Dogg’s. No one’s age should matter, especially if the shared experiences are the same. If an artist is well over their 40′s, 50′s, heck even 60′s, they’re still relevant and they still got it and people still love and support them, I say keep doing what you’re doing until you can’t do it anymore.
The moral of this is that age is nothing but a number and no one is never too old to rap. Only you can set that limitation, no one else.