When you decide to compare yourself to one of the best rappers of all time, you better come correct. It was just a few days ago when hip hop artist Future proclaimed, live on stage at Rolling Loud, that he was “in the streets bigger than Jay Z.” That wasn’t all, Future continued his rant bragging, “I’m the only one can get YE to pull up whenever wherever..tuh.” Future went on, in the only way Future can, to flex his status and wealth for the holidays.
Future performed at Rolling Loud on Dec. 13, where Ye popped out to perform his classics, including “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” “Hurricane,” “Praise God,” and “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1.” He even freestyled over Future’s 2015 hit “Fuck Up Some Commas.”
Future’s comments and performance set hip hop Twitter ablaze that brought many music critics rushing to the defense of Jay Z. The debate soon became a battle of hip hop’s newcomers vs the old hip hop heads who grew up in the 90s. But there’s something about Future’s reasoning that gives some truth to his public declaration.
Since the birth of the social media age, memes and gifs have become forms of digital expression. One of the most shared celebrities just so happens to be Future. No one really knows when he became the symbol of toxic relationships, but Future in recent years has embraced the new fame in recent years. With his raw lyricism and unique take on relationships, Future does appear to be bigger than Jay Z “in the streets.” In terms of music, no one can really compare to Jay Z.
For years Jay Z has continued to be a force to be reckoned with. His music style and catalog stretch a mile long. Jay Z is the mastermind behind such high-profile acts like Ye, J. Cole, and Rihanna. In recent years, Jay Z has outgrown the title of “hip hop artist” to include “billionaire businessman.” There are not many that can say his music wasn’t influenced by 90s Jay Z. To disregard his Hall of Fame impact on the game would be a mistake.