Bay Area artist E-40 recently shared his thoughts on the current state of the hip-hop genre in an exclusive interview with CBS Mornings.
Expressing concern, the rap legend emphasized that emerging artists often lack creativity, becoming mere “copycats.” During the interview on December 6, E-40 candidly admitted his disapproval of the direction in which hip-hop culture is heading.
“I don’t like where it’s at,” he asserted on the news program. “I don’t like where it’s at,” he said on the news show. “Because I feel like it’s not enough creativity. Everyone sounds the same. A lot of copycats.”
E-40, known for his storytelling prowess, acknowledged his commitment to a positive narrative despite his reservations. “I’m not tryna act like I’m hella positive. But I am because I’m a storyteller. The things that sound like they ain’t positive, I talk about the repercussions and consequences if you do this. I’m a storyteller.”
This candid critique from a hip-hop veteran sheds light on the concerns surrounding the genre’s current trajectory. E-40’s emphasis on the need for innovation and individuality in artistic expression challenges the prevalence of conformity within contemporary hip-hop.