Pete Rock says that modern hip-hop producers sample too much music that came out within the last few years. He also doesn't like that the original songs are often already hits in their own right. He explained his opinion on the state of the genre during a tweet posted on Thursday.
"They are resampling rap and r&b records that was made only 3-4 years ago [crying laughing face emoji] no diggin for the hits they sampling what was already a hit recently lol [shrug emoji]," he wrote via Twitter. Afterward, users had mixed responses to Rock's take. One noted, "This is nothing new. Good times was released in 78/79, Rappers delight was released in 1980." Another argued, "Does it matter? The new era mostly do nothing out of love it's for clout or notoriety. They participation trophy babies. They put for quick buck they not tryin to make music that outlives them. Social media changed the dynamics to all things."
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This isn't the first time that Rock has voiced his disappointment with the current state of hip-hop. Back in 2020, he shared a clip of Tory Lanez on Instagram while saying that "you don't have to have talent no more."
"Horrible! This new shit is forced!" he wrote at the time, before adding, "No Leadership just Followers! what happened to the actual artist who gave you official inspiration for real to become something in music? for me it was marley marl, teddy riley, howie tee, 45 king, Larry Smith (RIP). This new generation shits on that, leading music to a bad place. Where i come from if your talent wasnt for real you had no chance." He further argued, "Integrity of hip hop is out the window due to greed and thirstyness to be popular. Thats today's generation. Minus the real dudes yall know who yall are, my 90's torch bearers and dudes who keep the music real." Check out Pete Rock's latest take on Twitter below.
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