As Lil Xan continues to receive backlash for his comments that 2Pac’s music was “boring,” another artist weighed in with negative thoughts about the legendary rapper.
During an interview with Billboard, Los Angeles-based 03 Greedo said that he agrees with Xan’s assessment of Pac’s music.
“Do they need a ni**a who can really rap to tell you?” he asked. “Tupac sucks, ni**a. Any type of East Coast, West Coast beef, ni**a’s from the East Coast. He’s delusional. He’s a great actor. Part of his music shit was acting. But ni**a, I got to go to court on Friday, I got a whole metal leg, I’m really from the projects. I really got my ‘hood on my face. My first major project is called The Wolf of Grape Street, the gang I’m from. He didn’t even say nothing wrong. Tupac was a bitch ass ni**a. I’m a gangsta ni**a. What I say goes. I don’t give a fuck if I’m wrong.”
The conversation first steered toward hip-hop’s generational divide when Greedo abruptly said, “Don’t mention Timbaland,” after Billboard editor Carl Lamarre brought the producer’s name up.
“[Timbaland] said that we don’t have a lot of producers and we have a lot of beatmakers and kids with a program,” Greedo explained. “I don’t want to endorse him anymore. Some people should watch what they say because it’s a slick shot to somebody you don’t even know you’re taking a shot to.”
“I don’t know if you old, but I hate old people,” Greedo continued, expressing his disdain for the older generation of rappers. “I’m 30. Ni**as that have passed my age by like four or five years, after it gets more than that I’m like, ‘You a bitch.’ You feel me? It’s not about old ni**as, but it’s about old ni**as from those years. That’s how the world was, and the world’s not like that no more. They keep trying to bring up race in my interviews and shit, and I don’t go through that no more. I told like three different white boy interviews like, if I come in to see you and you got these sweats on and dirty shoes and you like you’re the boss?”
Using Lil Xan as an example for the mistreatment of younger artists by the older generation, Greedo said, “If you see Lil Xan walk in, are you gonna say he’s some artist or some dumbass, you know what I’m saying? That’s no diss, but that’s how it is. This has nothing to do with race anymore, but old ni**as just don’t know about paying homage, bro. Like, have an open ear. Gucci is somebody I look up to because he knows to stay in touch with the youth.”
Of course, this isn’t the first time members of hip-hop’s young and old generations have publicly expressed their discontent with each other. For example, Lil Yachty was met with all kinds of backlash when he admitted that he didn’t know five songs by Tupac or Biggie in 2016. But there have been glimmers of hope for those wishing that the different generations can reach an understanding. Some of rap’s early innovators like Big Daddy Kane have expressed an openness to the fresh perspectives of today’s young artists.
“I love hip-hop and I’d love to see it grow,” Kane said during a recent visit to NPR. “I’d love to see it continue on. I hope everybody out here is supporting hip-hop and trying to make it continue on. I’ve seen a lot of biased stuff going on about how this is not hip-hop and this is real hip-hop. But I mean, you never know what floats somebody’s boat. Whatever form of hip-hop you like, man, love it and keep it going. Keep it strong. Make sure it stays powerful.”