NOOOO! NY RAP never dies! There are still some well hidden hip-hop artists that resist to the commercialism. What needs to be done, is to bring the center of hip-hop music industry to NY, from the South which today dominates the scene. Its up to you people who live in the US, reject the South crap and bring the good ole hip-hop (80s old skool rap + 90s hip-hop).
As for the graffities, I think the scene has survived in the black and hispanic neighborhoods, but it has completely disappereared from the subway and the others parts of the city.
NY is comming back hard in the rap game. I mean R&B wise NY has 2 female artists dominating charts Mariah and Mary J blige mainstream wise. Most them crazy southern rappers with the hot beats and club hits are signed to NY labels. Youll see rap is changing, tired of that snap, whistlin repetitive beats used in all that south shit today. Sorry If somewhat hijacked your thread but thats all I got to say, I got the same views as NYgirl on the whole rap game.
Graffiti is still in NY. If you're talking burners on subway trains, they don't have them anymore. But if you go to the outerboroughs, you'll see that people still do street art.
Graf in subways is kind of annoying. Nowadays people really vandalize the poor trains by using acid agents to spray on glass in order to etch them. Unlike paint which can be removed, these things are rather permanent. Instead of being beautiful landscapes, they're just plain vandalism. Scratches and stuff. I find no art in them.
NY Rap will never die. Rap was born here and it will stay here. There are a ton of NY Rappers like 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, Ja Rule, Fat Joe, Biggie, Jay-Z, Juelz Santana, DMX, Cam'ron, Kanye West, and Tupac. Tupac might be known as an LA Rapper but he's a New Yorker. He was born and raised in Brooklyn. Also, Kanye West is from Chicago but he sings East Coast style. Go to real.com and Kanye West will be under East Coast Rap and not Midwest Rap. The list could keep going too.
Graffiti is all over NYC. I still see some on subways in the Bronx. There's a ton of graffiti in Harlem and the boroughs. NY might have a low crime rate, but the South Bronx has such a low population, so crime that happens there, which is a lot, won't affect the whole city's crime rate much. I used to live in Soundview(Bronx) and I heard gunshots outside my apartment all the time. There was graffiti all over and inside my apartment building too. So yes, there is still a ton of graffiti and NYC owns Rap.
Uh, Tupac was not born and raised in Brooklyn. He was born in Harlem, grew up in Baltimore, and was living in Oakland when his career took off. Kanye is from Chicago. I don't konw what you mean by "singing East Coast style". Most of the NY rappers you mentioned above are crap, except for Jay-Z and Biggie. There are a ton of quality artists still in Ny though
Go to real.com and Kanye West will be listed under East Coast Rap/Hip-Hop. East Coast Rap has more of an old school beat, Midwwest Rap is more lyrical. NYC has great Rappers and NYC Rap IS REAL Rap. I didn't say all of th Rappers I listed were good, I was just showing how many Rappers NYC has, and there's a lot more. I know a lot about Rap because I lived in the neighborhood it started in and I went to school there. Also, I'm in high school, and high school kids know a lot about music. Where did you find out Tupac grew up in Baltimore? Because last I checked Rappers were from ghettos and they couldn't afford to be moving all over the country.
NYC does have great MC's and new york is the birthplace of hip hop, and will probably always be the strongest hip hop city in the world. I never said that NYC hip hop wasn't great. With the kanye thing, what does real.com have to do with anything? yankee boy, kanye was born in atlanta, but grew up in chicago, established his name in chicago, and continually reps chicago in his music. tupac grew up in baltimore, but moved to oakland, and is undoubtedly a west coast rapper. not all rappers are from ghettos...and rappers move just like other people. you're in high school? well i'm in college, and college kids know a lot about music too.
RP1, 50 Cent is a Rapper. He sings a lot about girls though. But he also Raps about his life in Queens. "Somebody Gonna Die Tonight" is a song he sang. Another song he sang is "Gunz Come Out" and "Ski Mask Way" and "My Hood." He sings different types of Rap music. He goes from girls to gangs.
Mid-town, I guess you're a little too young to remember the Illmatic album by Nas. Hands down one of the best albums ever made. Kind of fell off after that but came back strong with Stillmatic, and I liked both God's son and street's disciple. oh and the lost tapes album isn't bad too. i'd say nas is one of the most respected artists who are in the mainstream today among real hip hop fans. mobb deep- infamous was a classic, murda musik was pretty good, they kind of fell off after that, especially after joining g-unit, but i'd still more likely buy a mobb deep cd than most of the crap in the stacks at tower records.
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