It is safe to say that hip-hop has evolved since DJ Kool Herc a.k.a. Clive Campbell laid the groundwork for what would soon become the outlet for black youth to express their angst at a party in South Bronx in 1973.
Following a rap reconfiguring that took place around 2010 in the States, new school artists like Future and Kendrick Lamar have become the faces of mainstream hip-hop, with some millennials preferring their music to their predecessors including Tupac and NWA.
Purists from the older generation argue that a lack of respect for pioneers like Big Daddy Kane, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five member Keith “Cowboy” Wiggins who paved the way has spawned the mumble rap, a vague subgenre of hip-hop music.
Earlier this year rapper Slaughterhouse MC Joe Budden accused Lil Yachty of ruining the culture and trying to re-write what it meant to be hip-hop with his liberal use of autotune and his portrayal of masculinity.
“I don’t think the divide is generational, I think the divide is about taste,” Akala, real name Kingslee James Daley told IBTimes UK. “This has been a debate as long as hip-hop has existed, in fact any genre. You’ve got the purists or the people that consider themselves purists, and you’ve got the rest.”