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Why Can't I be Hip-hop? Because I'm Old/er?

Why Can't I be Hip-hop? Because I'm old/er?

By Khalil Amani


I’m first generation hip-hop! Eighteen-years old when "Rappers Delight" hit the airwaves! Rap music started with my generation of teenagers! Now, some of y’all wanna diss me for indulging in some shyt (hip-hop) that started with me? The fuck?

I’m getting effin’ tired of young people thinking we old-school cats can’t be or do hip-hop! Some of you young’uns think that age is a prerequisite to loving hip-hop culture. Such bullcrap!

Got Jay-Z rapping, “30 is the new 20!”

Instead of being grateful that God has allowed YOU to live beyond thirty-something, YOU'D rather give God the middle-finger and lie about your age—for the sake of this lifestyle called “hip-hop!” Well fuck that! I’m proud to say that I was born on April 23, 1960! You do the math!

Here’s a harsh reality! In twenty years every one of you twenty-somethings will be forty-something! Lol! Then we’ll see how funny age is. The next generation will be dissin’ you!

If we could resurrect Tupac and Biggie from the grave, what do you think they’d say about age and longevity? Do you think they’d be dissin’ older cats like myself, who are still actively doing/writing (about) hip-hop and making old jokes about us—after having taken a dirt-nap (being dead)? I think not! They'd be happy to return to the land-of-the-living!

Newsflash! You don’t stop loving rap/hip-hop just because you turn forty—or even fifty! I might not rock Soulja Boy in my IPod, but there’s still the older classic stuff and some new stuff that’s relevant. That’s like telling my grandparents to stop loving Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn--the music they grew up on! Fuck outta here! If God blesses you with longevity and you still have a young mind, you will see how stupid you sound to me! I effin' love hip-hop! So get over old-heads like me in the culture. We ain't ready to sit in a rocking chair! We ain't gonna relinquish the "throne" because you think we're too old! We ain't giving our legacy to a younger cat because he thinks it's his time and he's owed something! Nah nigga! You're gonna have to take what we hold so dear and close to our hearts--this hip-hop culture! If you're a rapper, you're gonna have to "show & prove." If you're a DJ and you're looking to take someone's job at Hot97, you're gonna have to get your buzz up and know your craft--vinyl to Serato. If you're a writer and you've got your sights fixed on my job--you're gonna have to take this from me!  


Who told you hip-hop heads that there is an expiration date on being relevant in this culture?
Look at Aerosmith, Sting (U2) and Kiss—them white bwoys are like 60ish—and still doing concerts and fucking groupie white chicks! It’s Rock & Roll till the def!

But hip-hop/rap is on some other vain, superficial ish when it comes to age! Now I’ve gotta lie about my age and get Botox injections to stay relevant? Not happenin’!

Young people think older people are “old” until they reach that age and they realize that those older people weren’t that old at all! Hell, my mama died at 42—when I was 19 and I thought she was damn near a dinosaur, but now, I realize (having dated/married several women older than my mother) that she was young as hell! I tell these young dudes all the time—sexually, you put a 40 year old woman up against a 20 year old woman, and, in most cases, that Cougar (the older woman) will fuck circles around the younger woman! I’m tellin’ you what I know, not what I heard! And after the sex—that younger woman will rush to the bathroom to clean up! (That's if she can walk after I lay the bozack down on her properly!) That older woman will sleep in the wet spot and get up and fix you a peanut butter & jelly sandwich and a glass of red Kool-Aid! What!



And you wanna know the truth? Young chicks dig older guys who keep their appearance on point. Young chicks aren't as threatened by older dudes because they know we are more subtle about getting the drawhs, whereas you young'uns--you buy a chick a drink in the club and think you own her for the night. Some of you are like my writing counterpart--a wannabe scumbag Jimmy Mars! LOL! I actually like being my (older) age!

At my age, gray and balding, I can really understand the “comb-over” hairdos, the receding hairline, the Bozo look, the dying of gray beards and Viagra (although I don’t need that shyt—yet!)—It is our last hurrah at youth! Give us a break! :)

All I’m trying to say is lay off the old jokes! That’s some sensitive shyt! lol! To some of us, that’s like calling us fat! Unless your intent is to die young, you too, will one day have younger people clowning on your age, as you rock the latest hip-hop fashion (with your old ass!)

Old/er heads like me should inspire you and give you incentive that your rap career isn't over at thirty! At 50 years of age-- if I can still garner the attention of Spin Magazine, LA Times,, and DJ Kayslay, you should be inspired to know that there is life (for a hip-hop head) beyond your twenties. If I'm still relevant in hip-hop, by being published in the greatest Urban Model/hip-hop magazines on the planet (Straight Stuntin Magazine & Originators) then there's hope for you! If "The World's Most Dangerous Site" ( publishes my writings in 2013, who are YOU to tell me to go sit my old ass down somewhere? So don't hate (the old-head)! Congratulate!

It’s a cyclic thing my friend! You either grow old (with hip-hop) or die young and leave a good-looking corpse! The choice is easy for me! How about you?

Shout-out to me and all old school hip-hop heads!


Khalil Amani is a blogger for AllHipHop. He also writes for DJ Kay Slay’s Originators Magazine & Straight Stuntin Magazine. Amani also writes for Hoodgrown, Maybach and Sext Magazines. He is the author of six books, including the ground-breaking book, “Hip-Hop Homophobes…” 07). Amani is gay hip-hop’s self-proclaimed straight advocate. Visit The Coonerific One at Follow on Facebook/Twitter @khalilamani. Youtube @ yahweh 12

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Comment by mister on January 13, 2010 at 2:59pm
Yeah, but we know hiphop's essence we saw the birth, we got the knowledge ! but yeah, im 37 this year i'm going grey too....

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