“I don’t feel like I’m 50,” Rick says.
Slick Rick was recently profiled by The New York Times.
The article, titled “At 50, a Hip-Hop Pioneer Still Has Stories to Tell” appeared in the esteemed publication on Sunday (February 8).
Within the piece, Slick Rick discusses his return to the Bronx, New York and reflects on the current state of Hip Hop. The genre, he says, has gone awry since its heyday.
“Hip Hop disrupted the order of things,” he says. “It was the pulpit, and if you put the right person in front of the pulpit, they can speak for the youth of the planet. Instead, it was altered and diluted. What you see now are performers who have been broken to fit into a mold. They are not going to disrupt the order of things.”
Rick left out names in his comments and wasn’t too specific with his remarks. But the Hip Hop pioneer did appear to come off as content and unworried about the youth’s perception of him.
Perhaps Rick the Ruler didn’t read Young Thug’s recent GQ interview, in which the rapper made ageist comments about albums by artists 30 years and over not being purchased by minors.
The “Children’s Story” rapper falls in the age bracket Thug was referring to. Slick Rick has reached the half-century mark, but he says he can’t tell.
“I don’t feel like I’m 50,” Rick says. “I don’t talk like a 50-year-old person. Sometimes miserable old people depend on happy young people to give them a sense of purpose. Not me. Of course not.”