Eric B. & Rakim are certified hip-hop legends, with albums like Paid in Full (1987) and Follow The Leader (1988) cementing their place amongst the all-time greats. Yesterday, the Twitter account for the duo shared some thoughts on the current state of rap music, and they are not at all positive.
"You are now witnessing the devolution of rap music," begins the first tweet. "There’s no strength in a song, if they all sound the same," reads part of a later tweet. Eric B. & Rakim are far from the first entertainers to sound off about the current state of rap, with the likes of Pete Rock calling out Young Dolph, Waka Flock Flame, and Lil Yachty, and Funk Flex also yelling about Lil Yachty.
While many people on Twitter seem to agree with Eric B. & Rakim's thoughts, others are pointing out that there is still a lot of incredible rap music being made today. St. Louis rapper Smino responded, pointing out that there have always been wack MCs. "Its alotta n***as rapping better den ever..Y’all jus gotta dig. Like old times. (Also it was some VERY wack rap comin out back n da day) but nobody cared and RAP continued to go up," he tweeted.
See Eric B. & Rakim's tweets below.
Eric B. & Rakim's tweets are also written partly in rhyme, as if they are lyrics, which has led some people to respond in a similar way. To be quite honest, it's all getting pretty cringeworthy in the replies. Here are just a few of them: