21 Savage Calls Out ‘OG Rappers’ Criticizing the New Generation

21 Savage has something to say to anyone who spends their time criticizing younger artists. In a note shared to Twitter Tuesday afternoon, 21—who popped up on the “Krippy Kush” remix with Nicki Minaj just hours earlier—wondered aloud why “OG rappers” are judging the new wave and its subject matter instead of celebrating the fact that rap is now widely recognized as the music industry's dominant genre.

“Why do so many of these 'Og Rappers' judge the new generation?” 21 said. “They say we make drug user music like making drug selling music is better what's the difference? What about the fact that rap is the number one genre of music right now none of y'all acknowledge that [sic].”

21 also urged these critics to stop using younger artists as “the scapegoat,” as their music is merely “a reflection of what's going in our community.”

Read 21's full note below.

Though Savage didn't name anyone in particular, his words may have in part been a response to veteran rapper Skillz, who shared this on Twitter a few days ago:

Annoyingly, every genre of music goes through this cycle. A few loud voices of the old guard, perhaps feeling threatened by the rise of young talent whose music they aren't allowing themselves to understand out of spite, lament the supposed ending of some golden era. Meanwhile, younger listeners and artists argue they are in the middle of a golden era of their own. Then those younger listeners and artists get older, and inevitably a few of them will make the same mistakes as the old guard they railed so hard against years before. The key is to avoid all of that nonsense by keeping your mind open to new sounds.

Catch 21 Savage delivering something fresh on the Numb the Pain Tour, which next hits the Joy Theater in New Orleans Nov. 21. 

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21 Savage Announces Release Date for Debut Album ‘Issa’

21 Savage has announced the release date for his long-awaited debut album, Issa. The album will come out July 7, per a post on 21 Savage's Instagram account.

 

Issa not a single 7-7-17

A post shared by Saint Laurent Don (@21savage) on Jun 29, 2017 at 3:08pm PDT

The 24-year-old Atlanta rapper has been on the come-up for the past couple years. He really broke through in 2016, the year he was named to XXL's Freshman Class. 

In July of last year, he released a joint EP, Savage Mode, with Atlanta producer Metro Boomin. His single “X” off that EP, featuring Future, went platinum. Last year, he also made the cover of Fader.

Savage has two mixtapes, The Slaughter Tape and Slaughter King, both released in 2015, but Issa (a play on “it's a”) will mark his first album.

Savage recently wrapped up the 29-date Issa Tour, which featured Young M.A., Tee Grizzley, and Young Nudy. 

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What the Hell Is 21 Savage Dropping on June 1?

There are millions of tweets that hit our timeline. This morning, I woke up to a grip about James Comey being fired from the FBI as well as condolences for the loss of Big Black, but 21 Savage? He was on some other shit. At 6:42 a.m. on Wednesday morning, 21 Savage dropped a seriously vague tweet, featuring the date of June 1, 2017 and a bunch of swords. No, seriously.

What does this mean? Who knows. The 24-year-old Atlanta artist hasn't followed the tweet up with anything, so we're left to speculate on what he will have popping off on the first of June. I'm not one to sit idle, so why not look at how 21 Savage has spent the last few months and try to figure out what this amazingly sharp tweet (see what I did there?) could mean for him going into the next phase of his career.

A new album?

According to 21's pinned tweet, “#IssaAlbum very very soon!” With heads still salivating over 2016's Savage Mode, the talk has been how he'll cultivate a full-length album. He announced in January that he signed with Epic Records, so at some point he's got to deliver. The problem? June 1, 2017 is a Thursday, not a Friday, so a surprise album release might not be what happens that day (unless he's talking 11 p.m. on a Thursday night). So this could mean 21 would be dropping…

A new single?

Maybe, instead of a full-length album, 21 could be dropping the initial single from the album, with a release-date announcement. Hell, maybe he's shooting a video and everything. It better be a banger, because your boy needs to come out strong for his official album rollout. No better way to own the summer than with a BANGER of an album opener.

A tour?

This might be the worst option for 21 Savage, truth be told. I know show money > music sale money, but he legit just got off his tour Issa Tour with Young M.A and company. This would be underwhelming for anyone looking for new music, although another summer featuring 21 on tour isn't a terrible problem.

A full-on remix of GZA's Liquid Swords?

On Nov. 7, 1995, the GZA, a.k.a. the Genius of the Wu-Tang Clan dropped the second solo studio album from the squad, Liquid Swords. At that time, 21 Savage would've actually been 3 Savage (as in three years old). I don't know if his family was rocking with the GZA's masterpiece at the time, nor do I know of 21 ever hyping up Liquid Swords, but who knows. Maybe he discovered it for the first time, and was trying to flip “Labels” for the new school. Or wanted to call on D'Angelo to rework “Cold World.” Maybe 21 Savage is the newest member of the Wu-Tang Clan.

The possibilities are endless… or they are pretty much laid out here in the words I typed up above. We reached out to a rep for the rapper for any further details. Whatever the case may be, 21 Savage has a date for something, and now has to deliver. 

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