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

40 Over 40

Why Growing Up Is No Longer a Death Sentence for Rappers

Aging used to signal the end of a rap career — now it’s a way to forge a tighter bond with fans

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…