The Graying of Hip-Hop
What happens to the youth-obsessed genre when its greats reach retirement?
By Chris O’Shea
Andre Young is 48 years old. Gary Grice is 46, and Shawn Carter? Forty-three. O’Shea Jackson is 44 and Tariq Trotter is 41. Nasir Jones can boast that he’s still in his 30s, but whatever pleasure he gathers from that ends September 14. Dr. Dre, Gza, Jay Z, Ice Cube, Black Thought, and Nas aren’t the only rappers pushing through midlife, but they represent what is a unique situation for hip-hop: Its best are getting old.
Is this a good or bad thing? The early signs aren’t too comforting. [Continue reading article at the Village Voice.]