News surrounding Lil Yachty’s highly controversial opinion of '90s rappers just won’t die.
The 19-year-old added more fuel to the fire this past weekend when, during an interview with Bossip at the taping for the 2016 BET Hip-Hop Awards, he was asked what the disconnect is between this generation of musicians, and the '80s to '90s era of musicians.
“Niggas don’t know how to accept change. That’s what it is. They old and washed up.”
Yachty has had a rough time since his interview with Billboard was published last month, in which he admitted that he "honestly couldn't name five songs" by Tupac and Biggie.
While Pete Rock, Anderson .Paak, Blueprint, and countless others publicly ridiculed the young Atlanta musician for his ignorance of rap’s forefathers, veteran producer 9th Wonder defended Yachty and lil friend Uzi Vert, tweeting, “People have to accept the fact, that the rubric or standard for each generation is different.” Earlier this month, Uzi came under fire for passing on a DJ Premier beat while on Hot 97.
Yachty’s response has been that he isn’t a rapper, and sure, that’s a stance he can take. Now, being an emcee is a bit different; as genres bend and blur, the interpretation of a rapper has evolved. Sonically, he doesn’t really fit the definition of what a rapper was when Pac and Biggie were alive. Still, to me, Yachty is a product of hip-hop (They call his genre mumble rap, right? Keyword: Rap.), and while I think it’s important to know where you come from, you can’t entirely fault him for not being interested in music that was created before his time.
Like 9th Wonder said, the ‘standard for each generation is different.’ The guidelines for Yachty as a musician, as a rapper, and as a teenager are different.
Rappers like Yachty and Uzi don’t care about legacy—they live in the moment. They like to have fun. And when you like to have fun, it might be a little more challenging to connect with rappers from the '80s and '90s, whose intent, more or less, was to make the listener think.
Shit was heavy back then; Yachty prefers something a bit… lighter.
And as for the ‘old’ rappers who can’t ‘accept change’: it’s not that the old guard can’t accept change, so much as they don't want to for your music. Sorry, Lil Boat.
By Tara Mahadevan. Follow her on Twitter.
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