Ghostface Killah demands that new rappers know their story!

Or rediscover the classics of rap history.

Ghostface Killah is not happy and he wanted to let people know. In an interview with Vulture, he spoke about the problems he had with the younger generation of rappers. He himself is a member of Wu-Tang and appeared in the limelight during a golden age that saw Jay-Z, A Tribe Called Quest or Biggie, De La Soul take flight. All of these artists were aware of the history of hip-hop and their glorious elders like Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, and Sugarhill Gang, to name a few. What bothers him today is that the young rappers who arrive on the front of the stage no longer have this culture at all, as Lil Yachty proved in 2016 when, interviewed by the Billboard, he confessed that he couldn’t cite five titles from Tupac or Biggie.

“I’m all for these young black kids to make money doing what they do. But musically I think being a rapper today you have to know a little bit about the history of that music. must know who the Spoonie Gees and Sugarhill Gangs were, the Wu-Tangs and the Biggies, Grand Puba, all those guys. You must know them. We did a good job when. Mobb Deep, Nas, Wu-Tang, JAY- Z, we’ve done our share of the work. Today we don’t listen to a track or two and we don’t care about the album. As an artist you have to be prepared to listen to anything. took a while to understand these kids and their sound. “

Ghostface’s stance may seem like an old jerk, especially since today you can become a superstar with just one sound (CJ, Roddy Ricch, Cardi B have exploded in this way but have been able to capitalize then on their success), but above all it allows the young generation, whether rapper or listener to (re) discover buried treasures. The same cannot be too much advice.