Jay-Z Talks About Being An Elder In Hip-Hop
At 40, he's getting on...
Jay-Z recently said in an interview that the whole retirement talk is nothing more than gossip and he’s is still in competition with artists such asLil Wayne - even at the golden age of 40.
He told LL Cool J have longevity, and we respect the heritage of what he's done, but it's not like, right now, he's competing on the same level as Lil Wayne.
"So for me to still be able to compete at that level at my age, that's rarefied air. It's never been done. I think the problem with people, as they start to mature, they say, 'Rap is a young man's game,' and they keep trying to make young songs.
“But you don't know the slang -- it changes every day. You can visit the topic, but these young kids live it every day, and you're just visiting. So you're trying to be something you're not, and the audience doesn't buy into that. And people wonder why. 'I made a great Southern bounce song!' You're from New York, and you're 70! Why are you bouncing?"