Rakim has once again distanced himself from the verified Eric B. and Rakim Twitter account after a recent tweet went viral that targeted the new generation rappers.
You are now witnessing the devolution rap music, a post sent from the account on February 12 read. The death poetry and smoothness, they use this. The absence a message. The inability to create meaningful change through words and verses, but the worse is, they dont even know they hurt this artful purpose, its tragic.
The above tweet has since been deleted, along with nearly every other post ever sent from the account since it was created in April 2009, with only two retweets still visible on the feed.
During a recent episode TMZ Live, Rakim cleared up any speculation that he was behind the tweet.
The tweet was put out by an Eric B and Rakim tweeter, and I really had no information on it, Rakim said.
As mentioned above, this isnt the first time Rakim has distanced himself from the Eric B. and Rakim Twitter account. Back in 2016, the account caused a frenzy after endorsing Donald Trump ahead the presidential election. The account later claimed it had been hacked.
Eric B. also separated himself from the account last May after a series tweets accused singer Eric Bellinger trying to “fool listeners” with his Eric B For President projects.
Elsewhere in the TMZ interview, Rakim spoke on the importance letting younger artists express themselves.
Hip Hop has] taken a lot different routes throughout the years, man. Ive been around since 1986. I seen Hip Hop go through a lot. At this point, I just wanna see it prosper My thing is: you have to let young artists be young artists. I was once a young artist The young kids out there doing their thing, I cant knock them; like I said, theyre keeping it alive right now.
Nevertheless, the veteran MC did question some the more degrading music thats being released.
Without no disrespect to any artist, theres a lot degrading music out there as far as degrading the culture and degrading society, he said. Thats individuals that choose to make that kind music. As the listeners, I think they should be a little more opinionated on what theyre listening to and what they like, and a little more opinionated on what theyre hearing. I think thatd help not only whats out there, but the artists make conscious decision to make music with a little more substance.
Rakim, who celebrated his 50th birthday late last month, appears in SHOWTIMEs newly released Hip Hop documentary, Word is Bond.