It's not even a popularity thing, it's overall TALENT.
For the first time in the history of hip-hop NY is unable to compete because we simply don't have enough worthy talent.
From top to bottom, artists born in the 80s or better the east is behind all other regions but we have 3x as many people. That's a cause for concern. NY artist want to be from Houston, Houston Ns don't wanna be from NY.
And every region has stars and role players. You have Kendrick but you also have a DUBB, Skeme, Problem and Cozz. You have Future but you also have Gunplay, Young Dolph, and Kevin Gates. You have Big Sean but you also have a Dej Loaf, Machine Gun Kelly, Freddie Gibbs, then there's a whole movement of its own in Chicago with its own stars and role players. We stopped producing hometown heroes. If you go to any city they have LEGENDS that never broke regionally, and it's not because they failed to do so, they just understood their base and capitalized on it.
Troy Ave is not loved in NY how King Louie is loved in Chicago. Sales wise Joey, and Rocky are the most popular but neither of those 2 have LOVE in their city the way LA loves Dom or Nipsey. NY is not the reason A$AP Mob and Pro Era have been successful. Other regions love the music coming from their area, it speaks for them, that's not the case here.
As mentioned before, Fab has been the only one expanding on our sound meanwhile making a brand that's still universal. But at the end of the day, while he has a fan base nationwide he's more or less local. He's a factor to us cause we live here, people other places prolly don't care as much, if he wasn't on a major it would be fine, but the fact that he is, is more reason for concern.
I don't see it getting better for NY ever again honestly. If gangbangin disappeared from LA just look at all the poppin artists out there now, and eliminate all those with a gang element to their music. NY no longer has the culture to embrace, blacks are being moved out this city, coffee shops and bike racks aren't gonna be the means for inspiration. In 20 years the majority of black and brown people will no longer live in this city.
We're gonna tell our kids stories about NY rap, it will be extinct. I'm watching my city be bleached with each passing year, NY is so rich in black history, it's goin away. The projects will be gone, maybe my way of thinking is what's holding us back, but the fact remains, the poverty and desperation is what this culture was built upon, the projects produced some of the generes greatest artists and entrepreneurs (nationwide), that will be gone from the birthplace.
I don't see what will happen that could make NYC more relevant than the west, south or Midwest ever again. It's more than likely OVER for us. NY is too hard headed. We don't realize how dire **** is.