Kodak Black in the official video for ‘Brand New Glizzy’; Photo: YouTube

Pop rapper Kodak Black took to Instagram recently to blast Jay-Z and ’90s era hip-hop.

Comparing the lyrics to Jay-Z’s “Money, Cash, Hoes” to his “Can I” with the title “Rap in the 90’s vs. Rap Now,” the meme included the caption “Real Shit B Goin On .. None Of Dat Hopscotch Shit,” zeroing specifically in on Jay-Z’s hook, while the lyrics he posted of his example is of an actual verse.

Kodak’s stance on ’90s hip-hop isn’t the first time a young MC criticized an artist from a previous generation; Lonzo Ball took shots at Nas, Vince Staples thought the ’90s were overrated and Waka Flocka beefed with Pete Rock. It’s not uncommon for generations to clash, but Kodak is shortsighted with his argument.

“Money, Cash, Hoes” while not Jay-Z’s most thoughtful song does have lyrical merit that goes beyond the hook. He discusses mortality and that for the average person the window to achieve is small; and for a black man living in America even smaller: [LISTEN]

Only wife of mines is a life of crime
And since life’s a bitch in mini-skirts and big chests
How can I not flirt with death?
That’s life’s enigma, long as life’s within us

The feud between generations will always be there. Even ’90s era rappers experienced it, maybe not from other lyricists because hip-hop was still relatively young but from jazz and blues musicians who felt the style was irrelevant and unrefined. What Kodak is doing is falling into a rhetoric that benefits no one, beef for the sake of beef.

As it stands hip-hop is big enough to where every lyricist, no matter what their style can have a piece of the pie; their own avenue to develop as they see fit. Generational beef is needless, and if artists aren’t careful it could balloon and be as divisive and destructive as the east coast/west coast feud.

Real Shit B Goin On .. None Of Dat Hopscotch Shit

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