The music industry is notorious for breaking new, young talent.
Many artists who rise to international fame in their mid-twenties have been hustling in the game for years upon years prior to their success. They know that their moment in the spotlight is not only heavily dependent on their ability to remain relative and hip in a constantly evolving industry, it's also time sensitive.
One of the biggest variables playing a part in extending an artist's 15 minutes of fame is his/her youthful appeal.
Rarely does an artist’s craft overshadow age – especially when it comes to hip-hop music.
But while many rap artists like Ice Cube and Queen Latifah have put down the mic for alternative – and lucrative - business deals (acting, producing), there are still plenty of rap stars out there pushing on past the age ‘barriers’ with a brand new product.
But these guys aren't the first to do it, and definitely won't be the last.
Check out our list of eight other rap stars 40 years and older that are still rockin' stages and rockin' mics!