In a recent interview Rakim, considered by many to be the greatest M.C. to ever hold a microphone, expressed his admiration for Dipset and announced that he even plans on working with them in the near future. If Ra had been talking about any other crew in hip hop, it may not have been that big of a deal, but Dipset being who they are, the statements have caused a small uproar on blogs and message boards across the internet. With this particular crew it's usually either you love them or you hate them, and the people on the hate side of the argument seem to think these statements signal the beginning of the end of hip hop as we know it.
Personally, I fall somewhere in the middle with the Dips, I can respect their hustle and I enjoy some of their music, but I wouldn't exactly consider their stuff groundbreaking or anything. At the same time I don't think they're the downfall of hip hop, and I don't find it at all surprising that the R is feeling them on some collaboration shit. It's a new age in hip hop the god has to eat too, so why shouldn't he work with a crew from his hometown that does its numbers?
I know a lot of people, especially those from my generation, don't really want to hear that kind of talk, but it's the truth. Trust me, even if it's wack, a Jim Jones and Rakim joint isn't going to cause the sun to fall out of the sky. If anything, Ra walks away with a check and who knows, maybe some of the younger dudes out there will learn a thing or two about lyricism.