I've got a new writing gig over at SupremeMag.com, an excellent online hip hop magazine. My first piece deals with the generational gap in hip-hop, riffing off this rather embarrassing Ice Cube/Jay Rock situation. Click the excerpt below to read the whole piece:
Generational beefs in hip-hop are nothing new. From Kool Moe Dee and LL Cool J, to KRS-One and Nelly, the cross-generational beef forces a changing of the guard. Younger, hungrier rappers beef with more established rappers to grab a spot for themselves. The feud between XXL Freshman Jay Rock and Ice Cube is just the most recent example. The Watts-born Rock took issue with a statement on Cube’s blog, where the former NWA emcee reprimanded L.A. emcees “who can’t make a name for themselves so they need help from the O/G’s”. Jay Rock fired back on Twitter, claiming that by not naming names, Cube had dissed all of the up-and-coming rappers on the Left Coast. Rock went to assert that he had made a name for himself and wasn’t looking for a co-sign.
While we're talking Cube, take a second to remember just how good son was at his peak.
And read this excellent remembrance of Amerikkka's Most Wanted while you're at it.