Jay-Z recently spoke up on the perception that he is too old to be in the rap game and why he is not willing to easiliy give up his spot to younger emcees. Not only speaking on his age, Jigga talked about what new young rappers are catching his attention. "I hear it all the time — 'Yo, he should let the young guys, the new generation of guys come in,'" Jay explained in an interview.
"But you don't become the front-runner in music because someone lets you. You have to claim your shoes…If you grow up listening to hip-hop, you love hip-hop and that's the end of it. But if you're a 30 year-old rapper still trying to make music like you're 15, then you're making it narrow. At my age, I can't relate to a 15 year-old. I deal with mature and relevant topics for my age group — it has to all be based on true emotions. The more diversity and the more mature we make hip-hop, the bigger the net you cast…Kanye is really the father to the next generation — he's from the school of Q-Tip, and now Drake and Kid Cudi are from the school of 'Ye. And, when you look at Kanye, you have to look at Lil Wayne. I think they're like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James."