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    34 Rap Facts That Will Make You Feel Old

    You'll never listen to rap the same way.

    1. The two surviving members of Run DMC will both turn 50 this year.

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    RIP Jam Master Jay.

    2. Tyler, The Creator was born the same year 2Pac's first solo album came out.

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    3. P. Diddy and Notorious B.I.G. both have kids who are now in college.

    4. 50 Cent's hit in "In Da Club" is older than Facebook.

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    5. The Fugees' magnum opus The Score came out in 1996.

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    Joey Bada$$ was 1 year old.

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    6. People under 23 have never experienced Marky Mark the rapper.

    They only know him as Mark Walhberg.

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    7. When Outkast's first album was released Super Nintendo was the top of the line gaming console.

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    8. LL Cool J's rap career has spanned four decades.

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    9. His first album Radio was released closer to the moon landing than to the present day.

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    10. The year Ice Cube was born, The Beatles' Abbey Road was the top album, and the average home cost $27,900.

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    11. Freshmen in high school know Dr. Dre for his Beats headphones instead of his music.

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    He hasn't released an album since 1999.

    12. Kayne West's debut album College Dropout came out 10 years ago.

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    13. If 2Pac and Notorious B.I.G. were still alive they would both be in their 40s.

    14. When Sir-Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back" reached the top of the charts, floppy disks were used to store electronic files.

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    15. The little girl from the Missy Elliot videos is currently 20 years old...

    And now looks like this.

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    16. "Sugar Sugar" by the Archies was the No. 1 song the year Jay Z was born (1969).

    17. He is also the same age as Chief Keef and Wiz Khalia combined.

    Chief Keef is 18, Wiz Khalifa is 26, Jay Z is 44.

    18. This is Lil Romeo at the height of his rap career in 2001.

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    This is what he looks like now.

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    He is 24, still rapping, and previously played point guard for USC.

    19. N.W.A.'s Straight Outta Compton came out when Kendrick Lamar was 1.

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    20. The baby pictured on the Ready to Die album is now 21 years old.

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    21. Sugar Hill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" came out 35 years ago.

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    22. Kids currently graduating from high school have never witnessed Shaq's platinum rap career.

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    23. This is what Lil Kim looked like in the late '90s...

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    And this is what she looks like now.

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    24. The Wu-Tang Clan have been a group for 23 years.

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    25. When Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready to Die was released there were two billion less people in the world.

    26. The year Method Man was born gas cost $0.36 a gallon.

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    27. He is also older then Earl Sweatshirt and Mac Miller combined.

    Earl is 20, Mac is 22, and Method Man is 43.

    28. The first rap grammy was awarded to Fresh Prince and Jazzy Jeff 26 years ago.

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    Ronald Reagan was president at the time.

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    29. Jay Z's "Hard Knock Life" was the first rap song featured in the NOW That's What I Call Music series.

    That was 15 years and 48 Now albums ago.

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    30. When Nas's "Hate Me Now" was released in 1999, AOL was the country's top internet provider.

    31. This is what Lil Bow Wow looked like in 2000.

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    This is what he looks like now.

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    He is currently 27 years old.

    32. The same year the Beastie Boys were fighting for everyone's right to party...

    Cell phones looked like this.


    33. Eminem is 41 years old...

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    And his daughter recently made homecoming court at her high school.

    34. Ice-T is in his fifth decade of life.

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    He is 56.

    Which makes him old enough to be Iggy Azalea's father.

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    Along with most of the artists featured in this post.

    We are all getting a little older.

    And our dance moves are starting to become dated.

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    However, the music we love will always keep us young at heart.

    So hopefully we can all age as gracefully as our favorite hip-hop stars.

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