New York-based media personality and DJ Pvnch, known for his work with controversial rapper 6ix9ine, recently appeared on The Jay Hill Podcast. During the candid discussion, Pvnch raised concerns about the age disparity in hip-hop charts and called for changes in how the industry categorizes artists.

In a clip shared to Jay Hill’s Instagram, Pvnch highlighted the stark contrast between established artists and newcomers competing on the same charts. “If Jay-Z drops tomorrow, Jay-Z should not be competing with Ice Spice,” he stated, emphasizing the vast difference in experience and career longevity. He further questioned, “Why is Nas on the same chart as 310 Baby?”

The DJ argued for the creation of an “adult hip-hop” category, suggesting that veteran artists shouldn’t have to compete with artists who are just starting their careers. “There need to be an adult hip-hop,” Pvnch asserted, pointing out the unfairness of having legendary artists like Too Short competing against artists who “just finished chemistry homework.”

Pvnch also touched on what he called the “Flex problem,” referring to DJ Funkmaster Flex. He suggested that established DJs like Flex fear losing their positions to up-and-coming talents, creating a competitive environment where there’s a perceived scarcity of opportunities. “He’s scared of his spot because he’s like, there’s a nigga running so fast, he’s going to take my spot,” Pvnch explained, adding that the real issue is the belief that “there’s one spot” when there should be room for multiple successful DJs.

The discussion then shifted to the lack of platforms for veteran artists. Pvnch questioned why established names like Noriega, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, Nas, and Styles P can’t release new music without feeling pressured to compete with younger artists for chart positions and relevance. He argued that these artists aren’t aiming for the same demographic as newer acts, yet the current system forces them into direct competition.

When the conversation turned to recent Grammy winner Killer Mike, Pvnch offered a nuanced take on industry recognition versus mainstream popularity. While acknowledging Killer Mike’s Grammy win, Pvnch argued that this success didn’t translate to widespread appeal or club play. “Killer Mike did not win to the masses. His records are nowhere,” he stated, suggesting that Grammy recognition doesn’t necessarily equate to commercial success or popularity among younger listeners.

Pvnch’s passionate discourse highlights the ongoing debate about age and relevance in hip-hop. Finding a way to celebrate new talent and veterans without direct competition is important for the health and diversity of our hip-hop culture.

Watch the clip below.