Lil Pump has been gaining a lot of attention lately after his reported beef with J. Cole reached a new level with the release of Cole’s single, “1985.” While many Dreamville and veteran hip-hop fans are siding with Cole on the matter, French Montana is stepping in to play peacemaker. In a new interview with LA Weekly, the “Unforgettable” rapper pleads his case for why people should respect Lil Pump and other rookies like him.
According to French – who previously collaborated with Pump on the “Gucci Gang Remix” – people should respect all hip-hop artists, regardless of age or the timeline in which they were introduced to the game. “Honestly, you got to respect every generation of hip-hop,” he stated. French continued by giving Pump his credit and commending him on pushing the culture in a new direction just as legends did before him. “I love what Lil Pump is doing for the game. I love what Tupac and Biggie did for the game, I also love what Run-DMC and them did for the game,” he explained. “I just feel like the game just changes. I just feel like right now, there’s more rich rappers than back in the day. Right now it’s more … it became a lifestyle. It just shows growth.”
In regards to the debate about lyrical and mumble rappers, the Moroccan artist suggests that there’s a lane for everyone. “Whoever don’t like him, why you listening to him,” he added. “There’s still lyrical rappers out here. Whatever kind of rap you want to listen to, go listen to it. I love Lil Pump’s music.”
While Pump’s criticism of J. Cole has garnered a lot of backlash, Pump’s star power is undeniable. The rapper recently scored his second Billboard Hot 100 entry with “Esskeetit” on Apr. 24. His first hit record was “Gucci Gang.”
As for all his beef with Cole, the rapper dropped a video on Instagram, thanking him for “all the clout.”