West Coast gangsta rapper and former Aftermath Entertainment emcee Xzibit, during a recent appearance on The Adam Carolla Show alongside director Rob Reiner, revealed that he is sick of hip-hop and hates the state of the culture at the moment.
Elaborating on the state of the culture, Xzibit (real name Alvin Joiner) explained, “There’s no emotional investment in the music, like when we were putting music out, you had the CD cover, the album cover, cassette. You get to open it, you get to see who produced it, you get to read the lyrics. You’re not guessing. A lot of the things that made us have 10, 15, 20, 30-year-long careers doesn’t exist anymore.”
Joiner admitted that he feels as if hip-hop no longer has the power that it once did, even though it has become more mainstream. Opening up about this, the LA emcee detailed, “I don’t know if they’re doing it on purpose or not, but hip-hop doesn’t have the staying power that it used to have.”
He continued, “You see country music having elements of hip-hop. You see pop music. When’s the last time you saw a rock band that didn’t have a hip-hop element to it? I’m sick of Hip-Hop, and I love Hip Hop! I want to see a rock band come out and steamroll.”
The West Coast rapper also admitted that he believes a lot of the new generation are rapping about things they don’t know about and insinuated they are not real gangsters, stating, “Not taking anything away from these kids, because they’re feeding their families. They’re not in the street. They’re not doing… some of them aren’t doing anything illegal.”
He concluded, “But I think there’s a real path right now for somebody to come out with some real content and have that staying power and show that it’s possible.” Implying that a genuine emcee may have a chance of succeeding.
Xzibit’s comments about hip-hop correlate with those of Lil Yachty, who, on a Rolling Stone panel, recently declared that “Hip-hop is in a terrible place” and accused rappers of not taking enough risks. You can listen to Xzibit below.