The only other dude to go Platinum this year (Cole) is proudly from the south (Bun B for president). The Carter is cole's favorite hip hop album. His introduction to hip gop was thru master P.
The hottest artist as you said (Drake) is signed to the one of the biggest southern labels of all time (Cash Money). Not only that, the influence in his music is from Houston (Z-Ro, Bun B). The consigns Drake got are from southern legends (Wayne, Bun B, J Prince)
The 3rd biggest artist of this year (Future) is from Atlanta, and got put on with the help of Gucci. The biggest artist in the game just did a collabo mixtape with him just to eat off of his buzz.
French Montana, Nicki Minaj had to go down south to team up with Mizay Ent (Waka's mother's label) to get poppin. Then. Lined up with Gucci..then Wayne.
YG is signed to CTE (Jeezy's label). His first hit record featured Rich Homie. Then his 2nd big record featured yo Gotti. If you are an east coast artist, you gotta go south. Some west coast artist do too.
South run this ****
J Cole went to New York to go to college and get signed. J Cole doesn't have a down south sound or style.
Drake could have signed with anyone, and picked someone where he wasn't going to get paid properly. His influence isn't from Houston, it's from any song or style that is hot. These 16 year old girls don't care about a Bun B cosign.
Waka's mom, Ms Deb is from New York. Her brothers are Bimmy(Supreme Team) and Corey Rooney(former NY record exec). So they didn't go down south, because she is from New York.
Edited by Magic1978 - 10/20/15 at 1:35pm