As you may have noticed, Vince Staples caused quite a ruckus on the rap Internets last month by suggesting that the ’00s were actually better than the ’90s. He also called Bow Wow one of his favorite rappers ever. Safe to say that didn’t go down swimmingly either.
Although we all know his comments were said with a trollsome twinkle in his eye, there is truth in Vince’s words. As a 22-year-old, the early ’00s were his first introduction to music, let alone hip-hop. That was his “Golden Age,” no different to how older rap fans are infatuated by the boom bap beats and complex rhymes of their childhood.
Not to say there weren’t exciting artists or groundbreaking albums coming out of the early ’00s, because there definitely was. It’s just that sentimentality is more persuasive than quality when it comes to your favorite music.
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