LL Cool J seems to be calling out DJ Akademiks because he called old rappers dusty.
On Wednesday night, September 21, LL jumped on Instagram to respond to statements made by a “DJ” who recently made disparaging comments about former MCs.
“A DJ basically said that a lot of the pioneers in hip-hop, they’re dusty or how can they be the person that invented hip-hop if they don’t have a lot of money, or if they don’t represent like they have a lot of dough,” the rap legend stated. “Let me explain something to you and say this of you guys: Don’t think just because somebody knows how to get money—or fails to get money—that they didn’t make a contribution to the culture.”
“No one discusses Miles Davis’ bank account,” LL Cool J shared. “We don’t talk about John Coltrane’s bank account. We don’t talk about a lot of even rock musicians … a lot of great country artists, we don’t talk about their bank accounts. This idea that you have to have money or else you don’t have any value is a bad idea and it’s a misinformed way of looking at the world and the culture.”
He would continue, “”So just because they didn’t get rich, just because they weren’t able to pile up millions or billions of dollars, does not mean that they didn’t make a contribution to this culture. They created an industry that we all ate off of. They created an industry that you eat off of.”
“Think before you speak,” he finished.
LL Cool J’s passionate speech appears to be a direct response to a statement DJ Akademiks made about Twitch recently.
“Them old rappers, man. Have you seen any of these old rappers who be like, yo, they’re the foundation of hip-hop really living good?” Akademiks said during the live taping. “Them niggas be looking really dusty, I kid you not. And none of y’all try to come for me ’cause I don’t fuck with y’all niggas either, so I’m just telling y’all the truth.”
After see LL’s live video posted on his page Busta Rhymes and Missy Elliot reacted to the message that he sent.
“Speak on it Great Mind!!!Thank you. G.O.A.T,” said Busta in the comment section.
And Missy added in her IG story, Respect King @LLCoolJ