The white lamp with small red decals that almost resemble little sharks flickers on, and N.O.R.E. settles into his seat upon the black leather couch. He’s wearing an all-black tee that has “TRAPXGOD” strewn across the chest in yellow print (except the X is actually replaced by a pair of scissors.)
N.O.R.E. has been around the block more than once and through those twists of fate, has picked up enough wisdom for more than a couple lifetimes. Fortunately he’s still an active member in the industry and is consistently doing his part to educate the younger artists entering the scene today.
"We do not stay 21 forever, I tried. Doing a history lesson on rap is actually fun as f*ck. Me and DJ Drama had a conversation he said Lil Uzi Vert doesn't know who DJ Premier is, he's only 20 years old it's not his fault - I told him, you're right, it's your fault. (..) When old dudes aren't able to hang around and relate, the easiest thing to do is hate, the easiest thing to do is say ‘in my days…’ If you ignore what's going on right now, that's the definition of what makes you old. There shouldn't be kids who don't know who DJ Premier, Biggie, Nas, Big L, Big Pun are.”
Thankfully, artists like N.O.R.E. are the ones who are going to keep that history alive. Any up and comer that doesn’t have respect for the pioneers that built the craft before them has no place in hip hop. Fortunately for us, we have gatekeepers like N.O.R.E. to educate, not only on the history of the craft, but life in general.
“I don’t think we should know why we’re here,” he says as a final thought. “I think life isn’t meant to be understood… the minute you understand life, you die. That’s life.”