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LEVEL’s 40 Over 40 panelists (clockwise from top left): Remy Ma, Datwon Thomas, Rob Markman, Carl Chery, Brian “B. Dot” Miller

40 Over 40

The last decade gave way to an interesting paradigm shift in hip-hop: Storied artists are transcending generational gaps, building careers that don’t necessarily flame out with age. You could blame it on the culture putting some miles on its odometer, with its most central figures in the driver’s seat and…

Illustration: Ulises Farinas

40 Over 40

Back in 2006, The Game made clear hip-hop’s sentiment regarding the aging MC. “You 38 and you still rappin’? Ugh!” the then-26-year-old lyricist scoffed on “It’s Okay (One Blood),” in a barely veiled shot at a still-dominant Jay-Z (who turned 37 that year). Around the same time, Cam’ron piled on…

A close-up illustration of a man wearing headphones. Silhouettes of various rappers are drawn across the headphones.
Illustration: Kingsley Nebechi

40 Over 40

I don’t remember the first rapper I ever interviewed — a 20-plus-year career in journalism will do that — but I definitely remember the first rapper I thanked: Common, aka Lon-chikka-Lonnie Lynn. This was back in the Like Water For Chocolate era; as we sat there in a New York…

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