The debate of old versus new in hip-hop is nothing new. While many people tend to choose sides, either favoring the veterans for creating the entire culture in the first place or picking the young for their relentless energy, hip-hop is constantly changing.
On HBO’s The Shop: Uninterrupted, DJ Khaled took to figuring out which side of the same coin is the heads. He took a very respectable stance, stating that both sides should give each other mutual respect.
According to Khaled, while the young should recognize that it were the veterans who made the way for them and inspired them, the veterans should recognize the creative energy that the young possess.
Meek Mill chimed in to show his agreement with Khaled and exemplified his stance with his experience with Lil Durk and Lil Baby. He said:
This was probably like six months ago. Lil Baby and Lil Durk terrorized me in the studio. I had writer’s block. I’m in the house with a bunch of babies quarantined. My lifestyle changed dramatically. They start coming to my house, and I’m just noticing these young bulls like they smoking me. I’m taking two, three hours to finish my record. Khaled knows I do nine songs a day, but I just wasn’t in it, but I fed off of them, though.
As Baby and Durk helped to keep him motivated, Mill said that he kept it in his memory and gave shout outs to them when it came to giving the credits where they’re due.
I told them, ‘You young n-ggas is in the building, I’m feeding off y’all today I need the energy.’ They came back four weeks later, and I’m in there banging them out, and we just fed off each other in that time.
While Lil Baby and Lil Durk are part of DONDA, Kanye West’s upcoming record, it seems Mill didn’t buy into anything, and felt that it won’t be as big as everyone is making it out to be.[Via]