View Full Version : What kind of music should retired rappers pursue if they still want to make a living?

04-05-2009, 12:11 AM
I believe a new breed of music could result from rappers past their prime. Its just going to take a little creativity. I've always found it funny how hip hop has the shortest shelf life for careers. When an artist in this genre reaches 40 they either:

Promise a shitty watered down album to end things.
Or apply for a job at a strip mall where they wont be recognized.

Stikee Fingerz
04-05-2009, 12:17 AM
A lot of them become teachers (based on career, music styles, drive/dedication, etc.):

KRS-One (still raps)
Sadat X (still raps)
Funky 4 + 1 (performs their hits)

and others become Baseball historians (Pete Nice), doctors (Roxanne Shante), talk show hosts, stay producing, dust collectors, etc.

04-05-2009, 12:26 AM
Well Guru tried inventing his own fusion genre which wasnt that bad, but I'm thinking more towards something ground breaking.

Baseball historians?

Stikee Fingerz
04-05-2009, 12:44 AM
Pete Nash, a baseball historian who was also one of the members of 3rd Bass, a defunct rap group, said writing on baseballs dates from the 1850s. Nash said players used to scrawl on important baseballs before saving them. In that respect, Nash argued, the asterisk on Bonds’s 756th home run ball was not as rare as it appeared.

“Is writing on a ball the exact same thing as putting an asterisk on a ball?” Nash said. “It’s similar. You’re trying to put something on this ball that happened with this ball. This is his 756th and it’s in question, so there’s an asterisk.”


and co-owns a sports bar

In 2008, Dropkick Murphy leader Ken Casey joined forces with film producer and baseball historian Peter Nash to officially re-establish and re-open McGreevy’s 3rd Base Saloon at 911 Boylston St. 88 years after Prohibition...


04-05-2009, 12:47 AM
Bossa Nova

04-05-2009, 04:14 AM
GZA already became a spokenwordsmith on rap beats...just listen to ProTools.

drippie k
04-05-2009, 08:36 AM
they should either just get outta the picture with whatever money or success they have gotten

or go into producing

Dr. Simon Hurt
04-05-2009, 09:42 AM
i think they could still rap, their content just has to evolve to reflect their age, which for the most part doesn't happen

04-05-2009, 02:31 PM
Well if they choose to retire they should have some kind of a contingency plan. The problem most of us forget is that rap unlike other careers "if you want to call it that today on this site", it has to update it's self with the times. So the newer generation ole school is tupac and dr dre the chronic. The problem is that when you retire from rapping they should try to go into producing music and new artist. You have to be able to appeal to the masses and most people look at age as a variable. you are 40 and still rapping is actually looked down upon because rap is seen as a young adult thing.

If they want to start a new genre it has to be more newage or neo-rap mixing rap. The problem is creative thinking is often a costly venture. You can't expect them to keep old fans because they aren't doing what we remember them as. A rapper should always have something else to do, maybe going to college and get a degree. Maybe starting their own firm that is b to b (business to business) where they sell equipment to record company, rap agents or something where they can make a buck. But creating a new sound may not hold well for fans. And fans get old and taste evolves

Ghost In The 'Lac
04-05-2009, 02:46 PM
they should just smoke a blunt and dial 917-430-691-11

or whateva

or give Trife a call LOL, because Trife has sucha succesfull solo career himself, he's BOUND to work for your career.

Wu-Tang Gambino
04-05-2009, 07:11 PM
They should continue to not give a fuck about e-thugs opinion on when someone else should retire.