Hip-hop’s generation gap has never been more prominent. While old heads constantly question the skills and originality of the new wave, the new wave disregards the old heads as out of touch and irrelevant. It’s an intense debate that has resulted in some controversial statements from each side trying to defend their respective era’s superiority. And now, Kodak Black has entered the old vs. new discussion with a bold—and almost laughable—argument: He suggests his lyrics are better than those of Jay Z.
Take a minute to let that soak in. Yes, he’s comparing himself to Jay Z—the Grammy-winning, platinum-selling hip-hop mogul whose discography spans more than two decades. But hey, it might also just be Kodak messing around or trolling, as some call it.
Kodak made a post to Instagram titled "Rap in the 90’s [sic] vs. rap now" with a side-by-side photo of him and Jay above their own lyrics. The post featured the hook from Hov’s 1998 "Money, Cash, Hoes" song featuring DMX and compared it to the hook on Kodak’s 2016 "Can I" track. The Painting Pictures rapper captioned the image: "Real Shit B Goin On .. None Of Dat Hopscotch Shit."
Kodak tried it. Though we doubt this is a serious jab, many fans were quick to call out Kodak for attempting to prove his lyrical skills were better than those of Shawn "I’ve sold more than 100 million records" Carter.