What is 2015 NYC though ? A bunch of scammers and ****** that's beefing in every 3 to 4 block radius ? GS9 was talking that **** Rowdy Rebel had star written all over him even Abillyon has talent but their buzz is dead now since Rowdy and Bobby got locked up. This is what NYC has lost in the last 10 years.
Along with 50 cent beefing with everyone and Dipset breaking up.
Youngns tryin boost the murder rate.
Skinny Jean sweatpants.
Gentrification on 100.
Military like police presence.
Black and brown being priced out of the city.
Did I mention a surge in gun violence.
And the streets are heavily influenced by the southern drug culture (trappin and consuming), hybrid gang culture.
From an activist (no pun intended) standpoint I have been telling NYers to study sociology, and specifically what happened in Chicago the past 18 or so years with the demolition of their public housing. From what I understand NYCHA is being privatized, and within the next decade we will begin to see developments leveled that's why you're seeing luxury buildings built adjacent to public housing because now the land is cheap but nowhere near as cheap as it was in the 90s because real estate has known about this for decades. Since the high rise projects were destroyed in St Louis 40 years ago it has been an agenda, crack was a part of it as well. NY was demonized as a city in the 70s, nobody wanted to be here, and that feeling is what created the youth gang culture that lead to the formation of hip-hop. It's been brewing that's why it's important that NY ALWAYS has a voice.
I'm on my way to the south Bronx right now, and right next to my homies hood is a high ride condo being built essentially in their parking lot, it's outrageous. We're being pushed out of the city, this would be the PERFECT time for NYs next GOD MC to emerge because we don't only need him as a culture, OUR people need him as a voice. With everything goin on in NY the past 20 years, there's a 2Pac somewhere in the 8-10 million people in this city.
At the end of the day, I don't wanna sound like an elitist or anything, but hip-hop NEEDS NY. Straight up, we the heart beat of this. The west is the brain. The south is the soul and the Midwest is the imagination. It's like a sport almost, the NFL is better when the traditional powers are good, the Cowboys, Steelers, 49ers, Packers the league overall is better when those 4 teams are competing. Like the NBA, it's better when the Lakers, Celtics, Bulls, Knicks are competing. That's what NY is to hip-hop, the culture NEEDS us and we need it.
As far as the South goes, if you black and not from the west Indies or Africa directly your people's are from the south so they should ALWAYS have a presence in anything associated with black people in America, no way around it and it's a shame how they were treated before they took their respect.
But NYC is the heartbeat of this ****. There has never been an era of hip-hop where NY was making GREAT music and the culture was mediocre. Now I'm not saying that there hasn't been good times in hip-hop where NY had no presence but it's far in between if such a time existed. It's important to the culture that NY have a voice, Brooklyn has the MOST black people of any city in America by just #s. It's somebody from damn near every country in the world in Brooklyn. And what's goin on in Brooklyn should be important to every black/Brown person in this country but like Chuck D said, hip-hop is our CNN. We don't have an MC with a Mic as loud as a Kendrick. Cole. Drake. **** even Meek Mill.
A resurgence in NY hip-hop will be beneficial to all aspects of the culture. It will never be the way it was where NYs dominance will silence other regions. That time ended around the time Outkast won best New artist at the 95 Source Awards and 3000 more or less planted the flag of southern hip-hop in the culture's landscape in what at the time was the biggest stage.