Hip-Hop Is Old But Your Favorite Rapper Is Too Young to Die

Reckoning with the mortality of music gods

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As fans, in our hearts, we fix our idols at an age based on their album covers; in our minds, we know that if we’re aging, they must as well.

It’s time for hip-hop to get comfortable with the concept of legacy in a way that actually honors the artists it holds up before no one is holding them up anymore. We must find ways to preserve not just the legacies, but the people.

Writer and poet holding down Columbus, Ohio

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