Too $hort recently gave props to the younger generation of rappers, saying that older rappers need to get with the times.
“If you a OG and you lookin’ at these youngsters slide in the game, they got hit records … you see it and you goin’, ‘That shit is trash.’ How is it trash if this n***a makin’ all this money, and all these people like what he’s doin’? How is that trash?” Short asked. “Cause when I was a young n***a, they said it was trash and I knew what the value of it was and I knew people loved it.”
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He added, “You just hatin’ on em cause it’s different than what you did. You hatin’ cause you saying he ain’t spitting bars. I talk to the young homies and they say he spittin’ bars!”
He went on to cite Young Thug as an example of a young artist whose music has sparked a generational divide in hip hop. $hort admitted that he didn’t necessarily understand Thug’s music at first, but could tell right away that it had value to a new generation of fans and was therefore important.
Appreciating younger artists may be a lesson $hort learned the hard way, having admitted in April that he refused to listen to a beat from Kanye West back in the early 2000s.
Check out $hort’s comments on the Big Facts podcast below.