“Rap is in its adolescence, and it’s been stuck here since Soulja Boy,” said Rocky during a conversation with with Jerrod Carmichael for Interview. “Before, everybody looked 35 and up. When Lil Wayne and JAY-Z and T.I. and Jeezy and Ross was on, rappers looked old. Like we had Lil’ Bow Wow and that was it. That all changed with the internet and self-releasing. Now, rap is stuck in this braggadocious, adolescent space. It’s not as mature.”
Rocky first developed a love for the craft at the tender age of eight and has been in the game for over a decade. For him, “there’s a responsibility” in rap “to put people on the right path.”
“The thing is, being a rapper now, you don’t want to exclude anybody or neglect any demographics,” he continued. “As somebody that people look up to, there’s a responsibility to put people on the right path.”
Soulja Boy seemingly acknowledged the comments via Instagram in a video where he claims that “Niggas be talking about everything but how to get some money.”
“I’ve been working with T a lot, man,” said the “Fashion Killa” lyricist. “We blocked out the last two weeks and have been working on a lot of music, but I’m wrapping up this album right now, about to direct a few of these videos.”
It will be Rocky’s first project since welcoming a healthy baby boy with Rihanna last month.