“Hip Hop is what it is,” Dre said. “Anybody that’s talking about the state of Hip Hop right now, when talking about it from a negative place, sounds like somebody’s fuckin’ grandfather.
Dr. Dre reveals his true feelings about current Hip-Hop
Dr. Dre also shared a short list of rappers who he named “forever artists”—and that includes Kendrick Lamar.
While speaking with Kevin Hart on a recent episode of Peacock’s Hart to Heart series, Dre was first asked to name who he listens to these days, spurring a wise assessment from the music industry titan about getting “inspiration from all types of genres of music.”
Kevin Hart sparked the conversation into the topic of “today’s rap music” and “the state of hip-hop today.” Specifically, Hart asked Dre to give his thoughts on older rap artists who have not embraced or otherwise supported the work of their younger peers.
Dre dismissed negative sentiments about the genre’s current state with a simple maxim: “Hip hop is what it is,” Dre told Hart. “If you don’t like it, don’t listen to it, you know what I’m saying?” While speaking on the topic, the Afternoon founder seemed unimpressed by generational divisions.
Dre would never resort to “hating on it,” He said, “Most of this s**t, I don’t like. I don’t listen to a lot of that s**t. But I’m not hatin’ on it. I’m never gonna hate on it.”
“They have everything at their fingertips right now, but you can’t be mad at that,” Dr. Dre said. “This is what it is. If you don’t like it, motherfucker, do something about it. If you don’t like what’s happening right now, are you fucking strong enough or talented enough to do something new to change it, to do something that you like? Other than that, shut the fuck up. That’s it. Stop hating.”
See more of Dre and Hart’s conversation here. Elsewhere in the discussion, Dr. Dre spoke about how it feels to have watched Kendrick Lamar grow into the global artist he is today.
“I can’t take credit for Kendrick Lamar,” he said. “Kendrick Lamar is a real muthafuckin’ artist, the true definition of the word. The only thing I can take credit for is opening the door for him because he’s done everything himself — him and [his manager] Dave Free.”
He added: “We have a fantastic relationship. He’s amazing, man. Kendrick is one of those artists that we call ‘forever artists.’ He could disappear for fucking five years or something like that and come back and fuck our heads up, you know?
“Some artists feel like, ‘I have to do something all the time so I won’t be forgotten.’ That’s not him. He can disappear and come back with something that’s shocking, that’s amazing and everyone’s gonna tune in and listen.”