Between 2 Chainz (36), Juicy J (37 — dubiously), Rick Ross (36), El-P (37), Aesop Rock (36), Nas (39), Killer Mike (37), Danny Brown (31), Curren$y (31), Freddie Gibbs (30), Gunplay (33), and Roc Marciano (ageless), this might have been the best year for 30-something rappers in the history of rap. By contrast, Rakim’s prime ended when he was 24. Big Daddy Kane’s too. Most of the current crop of young rappers seem either overly beholden to their influences or convinced that swag alone is sufficient.
Gunplay and Rick Ross dropped two more songs today that remind me of this — particularly because Ross goes ghoulish with “100 Black Coffins.” After all, the guy did have a pair of seizures this year. I don’t think I need to sing the praises of either of these guys any more, but these are two of their best songs in a year where they dropped a lot of very good songs. They are ideal for partially assuaging or confirming your addled fears of overdose. Pick your poisons carefully.