Travis Scott & Nas Talk Future of Hip-Hop for ‘Playboy’: ‘Rap Music Can’t Be Stopped’


The generational divide in hip-hop is commonly a hot-button subject of dialog for rap purists. Playboy unveiled their The Speech Issue on Monday (March 18), which included a uncommon dialog between two of music's superstars from various eras in Nas and Travis Scott. The pair debated breaking down boundaries in hip-hop, how a lot rap has modified lately, and what the longer term could maintain for these coming after them.

"The previous era knocked down so many doorways the place, you understand, they had been spitting quite a lot of ache, man. They was coping with quite a lot of police stuff. We’re nonetheless coping with that now, however it wasn’t so free. Now we acquired extra of a voice on the label," La Flame acknowledged of the altering panorama in rap from earlier a long time. 

Nasty Nas agreed with Trav's evaluation. "Nowadays the ache has modified. We’re after various things. We broke previous the boundaries," he affirmed. "We perceive what we have to do and we’re answerable for what we’re doing, and nobody can cease it now. No one can inform us what to do, what we are able to’t do. Rap music can’t be stopped now."

The dialog took a extra critical flip when Scott reached out for Nasir's steering because it pertains to talking out on political points in his artwork. "I wouldn’t say I don’t really feel compelled to talk on political points; typically you simply don’t wish to converse an excessive amount of on stuff you don’t know a lot about," Travis explains. "It’s not like I’m not occupied with what’s occurring on this planet. I’m an expressive artist, however with media and shit, it will get misconstrued."

When pertaining to political issues, Nas believes it must be one thing pure, or it finally ends up wanting pressured. "One factor we are able to’t permit politics to do is take over our thoughts and make us fall into their recreation. What’s occurring within the information might eat our lives. If that occurs, life doesn’t go on," the Queensbridge native mentioned.

At the top of the day, Nas feels that the 'hood will all the time be a voice for the unvoiced and the marginalized communities with regards to breeding the following era of MCs. "Those 'hoods are all the time going to yell out and say what’s occurring. It’s going to get extra fly and futuristic. But the message is all the time: We need meals, shelter, well being care and all of the issues we’re disadvantaged of. We need no police brutality. We need all these items. That’s what hip-hop is speaking about," the Illmatic rapper concluded.

Read the dialog in full over at Playboy.