Originally Posted by Trill Nimley
The first part is false. Plain and simple. I was in the X chillin yesterday and there's a clear void and we were discussing just that. That feeling that existed since hip-hop's inception is gone, NY doesn't have a presence or appearance in hip-hop. As someone who's been a fan since the late 80s we're in a space this past 8 years that not only NYC hasn't experienced but the entire culture. Imagine country music with no artists from the south. Have we become that comfortable with our culture being erased in the western world that we shouldn't worry about it happening in hip-hop? That's absurd. And that feeling is addressed in "Mortal Man" when Pac says after 30 America beats a black man down to the point he won't fight back.
As for the 2nd part, so you're telling me today, October 1 2015 you will be able to survive without ever getting an elite level of music out of the east coast? Are you serious? As good as the music has been, that's absurd, because the south ain't satisfied. The west ain't satisfied. The midwest isn't satisfied. They have great legacies as well, but they are building on that. NYC is good with its legacy and now we're free to kick back and hang our collective hat on a 25 year legacy in a art that may last the rest of our lives? You're buggin. I want the east to be around just as much as I want the art to be around. If hip-hop ended today would I be satisfied with the 30 or so years we've had, yea I love it but I want it to keep goin, and those that don't are just as bad for the culture as those that exploit us. Because that shows a lack of concern for the culture, and it's preservation, and survival. So if the entire culture took on this, "I'm to old to worry" hip-hop would be gone in 10 years. We'd be disco, and this is us talkin. TRUE fans of the culture, not executives that exploit it, we are hip-hop and we bout to just lay down cause we experienced GREATNESS?
So I'm sure we're all sports fans, would anybody be satisfied with their team NEVER winning another chip? To just be like, "the 4 Super Bowls the Giants have is enough, I don't care if they ever win again". Would a true fan say that? So would a true fan and supporter of art say they can live off of past years greatness? Could you live without there ever being a great gangster movie cause The Godfather, Goodfellas, etc. People get better, bigger, faster, stronger. Life's about progression. NY not progressing and now people that are supposed to be OG are OK with it, so why should someone born in the 90s even want to respect an aspect of a culture that it's gate keepers have more or less given up on?
The last elite class of MCs NY had was the class of 98. So you're saying from Melle Mel, Kurtis Blow & Caz in the late 70s/80s to 98 that 20 year period is enough for you? We've been mediocre almost as long as we were ELITE (and there was times during that 18 years where NY played second fiddle to the west), in 5 years if this continues we will be a region that was wack for a longer period of time then it was good. Not a legacy I want. And let's not act as if the majority of the 80s there was an equal playing field for all regions, there wasn't, hip-hop was NY centric. For a time it was just the Uptown/Bronx foreal. If my memory serves me correct Kane was the first GREAT MC to emerge from Brooklyn, I mean that via status, skill, ability, musical output etc. this is what 87/88? Queens had RunDMC early 80s. Wu put Staten on to the masses in 93.
When you look at NY legacy it's a lot of GREATNESS in a short period of time. In my opinion the playing field in hip-hop became even in 1998, is it a coincidence that NY has not had an ELITE class of artists since cats from all regions started to get somewhat equal opportunities? As a lifelong hip-hop fan, contributor, journalist, etc it concerns me, and I genuinely question anyone from anywhere that isn't bothered. I don't think the forefathers would want that. People died for this, Ns got electrocuted plugging in sound systems to light poles. We just gonna forget about them? The martyrs of this, the brothers that died in gang warfare that was the catalyst for the arts inception? Did Reemo die in vein? Ns been run over by trains in REAL life, closed caskets for this culture. To say you can live with what's been done and be fine is irresponsible to me.