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Lil Yachty and Lil Uzi Vert are undoubtedly two of the most sought after hip hop artists of their generation. With all that success, comes the pressure to continuously prove that they are “real” rap artists — especially from veteran hip hop heads like Joe Budden.

But artists like Tank are not here for the shaming of young superstars who are different from their predecessors. In a lengthy Instagram post, the singer defended Yachty and Uzi saying, “I’m utterly disgusted!! I’ve never seen so many grown black men speak out against young black kids fighting to earn a living in this already difficult world! Yes they’re different but so was MJ and Prince! Y’all still celebrate those men highly with no thought to their differences.” See Tank’s rant below:

I'm utterly disgusted!! I've never seen so many grown black men speak out against young black kids fighting to earn a living in this already difficult world! Yes they're different but so was MJ and Prince! Y'all still celebrate those men highly with no thought to their differences. The crazy part is that these kids actually represent positivity. They give a voice to those who feel like outcasts and may even have a hard time fitting in. These kids make being different ok and give hope to those who may feel like their life has no value. Maybe you'd feel better if these kids ran up on your car high and tooled up with extended clips and told you to "get down, lay down, or be found!" That would make more sense to you huh? You definitely don't want them to live their dreams and have fun entertaining the world! You definitely don't want them to feed their families and get they mama out the hood. You niggas kill me wanting your music to stay in the 80s and the 90s but gotta have the 2018 Benz! Everything changes! Everything evolves! It may not be for you but it is for the millions that stream it and show up to be entertained by it! Let these kids live!!.. #RnBMoney #RnBSoldiers #TheGeneral #savagecomingsoon #musicislife

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Tank’s rant comes just weeks after Lil Yachty and Joe Budden’s now infamous debate about the current state of hip hop — with artists like Uzi and Yachty leading the pack. Waka Flocka also spoke out about the young rapper’s style, saying that he considers them to be more “rock stars” than rappers. S

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