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21 Savage has emerged as the latest vocal defender of his generation in an open address to “OG rappers,” mainly legendary music producer Pete Rock.

21 posted as a note on Twitter this afternoon, with the Atlanta rapper addressing the hypocrisy of judging the new guard for its drug references. But there is evidence of the prior generations romanticizing drug distribution and use. He ask’s a question to close his arguement: “If the message in the previous generation of rap was so good why did so many of our parents abandon us for crack? Why we still killing each other?”

Savage goes on to give a Ice Cube esqe example of why his generation does the things that they do: “Don’t use us as the scapegoat! Our music is a reflection of what’s going on in our community and all we doing is using our talent to escape that community.

Im gonna defend my older heads and tell you your not equal. Be as disrespectful as you want. Your not doing what we did,havent accomplished what we accomplished. Our generation didnt experiment with pills or syrup or anything synthetic. Its already written in history. Rock n Roll hall of fame,hip hop hall of fame and museums. Where are you at in any of that? The problem is yall never had respect from the jump. WE ARE THE REASON YOUR WHO YOU ARE AND DO WHATEVER IT IS YOUR DOING! Pay homage to who was before you. Problem is also yall want us to accept music that dont move nothing but the young,when you making music its to inspire everyone not just your era. Only time my pockets on pause is when im streaming yall album. I listen to it and made a decision not to buy yo shit cuz in my opinion being a music maker,there is no substance to the music or lyrics so dont get mad cuz you not cut from the cloth of hip hop pioneers. Lets see how long you can last in this business doing what you doing. You been quiet until you startED running your mouth about old school niccas. Thats corny bro. Just make better music and spit like an MC. Yeah yall different but nothing of what nas krs kane jay z or any official rapper has ever taught you. We saying something about your generation cuz your simply not making heart & soul felt music young nicca! The old head rant is corny. Old heads are special and i just think yall cant do what we did. ‍♂ Salute! @wakaflocka

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T.I. chimed in to defend his follow Atlanta native.

@21savage lil bro speaking real truth tho. The fact of the matter is… There’s been good,bad, great,mediocre artists,&otherwise in EVERY generation …. Even ours(2000s) , The Founding era (80s) & the golden era of the 90s. They’re not the only generation to make “user music” either. Can anyone remember a Lil album called “The Chronic”? Or hit Recs like “Sippin on some Sizzurp”…. Regardless of the subject matter…This is THEY TIME. Couldn’t nobody tell us how to run ours,or make us sound how they thought we should… Live ya life & do ya stuff young’n. Just bare with us,&try to understand …. y’all niggaz kinda different & take some getting used to. As the elders gotta understand they’re SUCCESS JUSTIFIES the CHANGE. The Numbers DONT LIE!!! Can’t hate on that.‍♂

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