Rap heavy weights such as Jay-Z and 50 Cent, ages 42 and 36 respectively, are both still active in the industry. I believe that they, despite their ages, produce to this day some of the best hip-hop music that has ever been released. But does rapping have an age limit? As both of these artists are fathers, will there come a day in the close future when they are too old to be in this industry?
Many of the newer younger rappers cannot even compare to Jay-Z or 50 Cent, despite producing music for their own generation. Why is it than a generation older than mine knows what we still want to hear? I believe this is partially due to lyrical complexity of the golden age that has continued to this day with some of the older rappers. New songs such as Rack City have no lyrical importance at all; there is no story or depth behind the lyrics. However, Jay-Z's new song Glory has a lot of meaning and depth. So I ask, what will happen to the hip-hop industry when the old guys retire? Will the younger rappers be able to pick up the slack and allow rap to still flourish?