Stans: "He's the greatest of all time."
Haters: "Dude is pushing half a century. He should have stopped before his success was the only thing he could rap about. So like, over a decade ago."
The Reality: What Jay continues to prove is that he is still very good at the act of rapping. Questions have been raised, however, at the businessman, for focusing too much on the business, man—and a little less on the music itself. His "new rules" had little to do with his songs and a lot to do with the way they were distributed. A back catalog of classics doesn't invalidate criticism against one's current repertoire, or current way of doing things, but there's something to be said for a guy who has kept our attention for this long. Most likely, he will continue to.