Hip-hop has long been thought of to be a young man's sport, but don't tell that to 25-year rap veteran Redman. At the age of 47, retirement is the very last thing on the New Jersey native's to-do list.
During a recent sit-down with the Grass Routes Podcast, Red shared his thoughts on ageism in the music industry — in particular hip-hop — and why, even at 65, he doesn't plan to put his microphone out to pasture.
"When I see my peers before me, like Big Daddy Kane, when I see Rakim on the 'Gram. N***a, when I see EPMD still on the shows, I'm like, 'Yo, these motherf**kers came out in '88 and they still moving," Redman explained to hosts Brandon "Killabh" Hall and Erin Ashley Simon.
"I get inspired from that," he continued. "I get inspired knowing that I still have some years to go before I can say, 'Alright, 'I don't wanna be no 55-year-old rapper.' F**k that! Muhf**kin' Grandmaster Flash and them be rocking. They still be touring. How I'ma sit here and put a lifeline on my career? Nah, f**k that, n***a. If I can pick up a mic at muhf**kin' 65 years old and shut that b***h down, I'ma be out there with a walker and a mic."
As Red gears up to release Muddy Waters 2, the sequel to his solo debut, as well as earn guest spots on Wu-Tang's forthcoming album and continue to tour across the country, his dedication to the craft is very clear. Death to agesim and salute to Redman.
Check out his full interview with the Grass Routes Podcast below.
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