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Does rap have to rhyme?

Well, that’s the thing: that’s a good question because if rap doesn’t rhyme, then how is rap supposed to be the language of the people? Rapping is a matter of style, but if you look at where all of music is headed, most of it is going to be computer-generated because that’s what’s going to get the people to pay attention.

So why has rap made a comeback?

Yeah, the music is here to stay, you know? There’s nothing here to say it’s a thing that’s gonna go away. But that doesn’t make it a music that’s going to go away. That’s just the way it is.

Why do you think rap is here to stay?

Yeah, of course. We’re not gonna change anything here because we have a bunch of really great rappers whose music we love. I’m going to say that, “Oh, you mean like Eminem, for example?” No. But the truth of the matter is that this is just like a natural evolution, an evolution from the sound of some old radio hit songs that were kind of cheesy, and the sound and the flow of a group of guys that just knew how to make music with the music of that song in it. I thought this was a natural progression.

Why do you think hip-hop has made such a comeback?

Look at this list: I saw “Get Ready,” and it was on that list, and now everyone knows, “D.R.A.M., the Black Hippy and the All-Hip-Hop Group.” I mean, I don’t know all of those names. But these names have spread and these names aren’t some random guys, they’re the guys on the top who had a huge impact on me growing up. And that’s great, because there’s so few of us, so it can’t really go in reverse.

What do you think of the hip-hop in general?

I think it’s gonna stick around. It’s definitely still the way it is — because it’s just what it is. I mean, look at this video, from a couple of years ago. That’s the music that was coming out of that whole thing: a bunch of white rappers with the idea that this is what hip-hop is. This is hip-hop with the intention to be hip-hop. What we’re doing now is just repeating what we do, just trying