Pete Rock on the New Era of Hip-Hop: "No Leadership, Just Followers!"
The legendary producer co-signed Tory Lanez’s comments on Hot 97 from November.
The handful of living members from hip-hop’s golden era have never held their tongue when speaking about the newer generation. Legendary beatsmith Pete Rock became the latest to bemoan the new era on Thursday morning.
Pete Rock reposted Tory Lanez’s interview with Hot 97’s Ebro in the Morning, co-signing Lanez’s opinions and adding his own lengthy take as well. Read the full post below.
View this post on Instagram
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. The music business is built for music people not just any artist,any DJ or any producer. God had to bless you with something real to share with the world in order to be seen or heard your true talent had to shine through. Today you dont have to have talent no more just a look,a instagram page or some sort of social media presence or you can also act like an idiot too and get on today. 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. Even some artist from my generation can be annoying 🤷🏾♂️ i got love for them even when they dont show it back to me. Mainstream radio sounds really bad and nobody in that world cares about real music anymore,they big up this new shit like its talent involved 😂😂😂 Mofo’s hate the truth,and thats a gotdamn shame man. Big up to all real artist who make real music from new to old. Mainstream world 👎🏾
Tory remarked that the genre has become repetitive and overly formulaic. He praised Young Thug for “75% of the rap style that’s going on right now.”
“This new shit is forced!” he began, “No leadership just followers!”
Now obviously, Pete Rock doesn’t feel that way about every new rapper. In recent years, he’s collaborated extensively with Smoke DZA for his the Don’t Smoke Rock album.
However, Tory Lanez’s comments definitely struck a chord.
“What happened to the actual artist who gave you official inspiration to become something in music?” Pete continued. “Where I come from if your talent wasnt for real you had no chance…God had to bless you with something real to share with the world…Today you dont have to have talent no more just a look, an Instagram page or some sort of social media presence or you can also act like an idiot too and get on today.”
Pete admitted that his generation can make things complicated, and ended his statement praising “real artist who make real music from new to old.”