The other day, I listened to Drake's song 'Tuscan Leather' from his third studio album Nothing Was The Same. For some reason, a lyric from the song stuck a chord with me.

"Just give it time, we'll see who's still around a decade from now, that's real."

This song and the album was released in 2013, so a decade on from that point would be 2023. That means we're almost halfway there. As of right now, with streams and sales, it's clear that Drake is rap's biggest superstar, followed by J Cole and Kendrick Lamar, but five years from now, I don't see that being the case.

Back on March of 2015, Pitchfork contributor Sinead Stubbins wrote an article called, "Drake and the Problem with aging rappers." In this article she brought up a lot of good points about how when rappers reach a certain age, they essentially start to fall off and lose relevance in the eyes of the youth: rap's main demographic. And it's these people, these fans, that start to ask themselves: why are these rappers still rapping?

One rapper in particular, Young Thug (25-years-old), told GQ that "If you’re 30, 40 years old, you’re not getting listened to by minors." For Drake, Kendrick Lamar and J Cole, age is starting to catch up with them. Drake turned 30 last year, J Cole is turning 32 this month, and Kendrick Lamar is turning 30 this year.

In an interview with Complex in 2011, Drake was asked, "Do you want to stop before you get to a point where people are like, 'Why is Drake still rapping?'" Drake's response was that he was aware that he would eventually get to that point, but at age 24 (when that interview was conducted), his music was about being young and he was going to stick to that until it's his time.

On his most recent album Views, there's a song called 'Weston Road Flows' which features the following lyric: "The most successful rapper 35 and under, I'm assumin' everybody's 35 and under, that's when I plan to retire, man, it's already funded." With that in mind, it's clear that Drake knows that time is almost up and it's no wonder his next forthcoming project is called More Life.

With the big three in rap entering the age of uncertainty, we'll all be looking to see who can become the next superstar in the genre. The problem is, I don't see one person just standing out among the rest. This past December, MTV's Hottest MC's in the game list came back for the first time in years, and out of the top 10, the majority of the rappers are 25 and over.

1. Kanye West (39 Years Old)
2. Drake (30 Years Old)
3. Chance The Rapper (23 Years Old)
4. Travis Scott (24 Years Old)
5. Young Thug (25 Years Old)
6. Future (33 Years Old)
7. YG (26 Years Old)
8. Kendrick Lamar (29 Years Old)
9. Lil Uzi Vert (24 Years Old)
10. 21 Savage (22 Years Old)

And the rappers who are 25 and under are the ones getting scrutinized the most by the old guard (with the exception of YG). Why? Because 21 Savage, Lil Uzi Vert and Lil Yachty (who just missed this list) - all fall under the category of mumble rap. These rappers couldn't give a damn though because they all have loyal fan bases. The problem is, if our generation's best rappers are starting to age and the old hip-hop heads don't like the younger generation of rappers, this could result in a genre without a definitive superstar. It will just be full of artists with loyal fan bases.

Since rap's inception, there's always been one definitive star, or at least a handful of stars, in any given era. In the '90s we had Tupac and Biggie. In the 2000s we had Eminem, Jay Z, Lil Wayne, T.I and 50 Cent. In this era of rap, we have the big three in Drake, J Cole and Kendrick Lamar, but by the time Drake's prophetic lyrics come to fruition in 2023, I see a genre without a definitive star. Will it be a good thing or a bad thing? Only time will tell.