DJ Akademiks Responds To Backlash Over Comments About Hip-Hop Pioneers

DJ Akademiks Responds To Backlash Over Comments About Hip-Hop Pioneers

DJ Akademiks has received a wave of criticism in the hip-hop community after calling the pioneers of the game “dusty” and insinuating that they mismanaged their finances.

LL Cool J responded to Akademiks, stating that equating value with someone’s net worth is “a bad idea” and “misinformed.” Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons also joined the conversation, agreeing that hip-hop’s founding fathers didn’t get rich, but went on to talk about seeing people like Kanye and Jay-Z be some of the richest people in the world.

In light of the conversation, DJ Akademiks doubled down on his comments, saying on Twitch, “A lot of niggas grew up watching you and they all signed the same f*cking deal. 10-15 years later after you did. What the fuck did you do, my nigga? It’s not that I don’t respect older artists. It’s just that I know when it comes to business, you guys didn’t do anything.”

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