camron-vado-highline-ballroom-may-5-2009

The holy trinity of Black consumption is Popeye’s fried chicken, Newport 100s and Hennessy. Actually, I should have called that the U.N.-holy trinity (you see what I just did?).

New York regional rap gets less love on the local radio than Kat Stacks did when she was a kid. It’s fuxed the fux up when you are a stepchild in your own backyard. When your cousins come to visit and get the largest slice of the cake and the what not (are you studying the rap music cliches I am putting out?). The young-ish local sons like joell Ortiz and Joe Budden have had to ply their trade in foreign waters to get the love from the fans they should be getting here at home.

Part of the problem for NY rappers is that no one who lives in NY is from NY any longer. Everyone here is from Cleveland and Boston and every other turdburg in America. Everyone from NY is in Atlanta which is strange that southern music has had such a huge draw across the nation. Is it that all or most of NY’s creativity has migrated back down south? Whatever the case may be, NY is no longer considered the epicenter for the Hip-Hop universe. We’re kind of like a waystation now. Just another stop on the turnpike I suppose. NY is the James Fenimore Cooper service area of the rap game.

Sure we have Sean Price to hold us down slightly on commercial radio with his hardbody anthem ‘Figure 4′, but after P the drought is on. Maybe this is why the XXL thinktank (ahem) doesn’t bother to even look out their window for young rappers. Like everyone else they are looking on the internets. But the streets is where the people’s champ gets it in. The streets is where Vado can be found. What might save NY rap and possibly even Hip-Hop is an awakening to the underground scene which hasn’t left this city. Sean Price and Vado are the proof that there is something going on down there.

Vado, and conversely Cam’Ron, kept the XXL freshmen 10 showcase from experiencing a bit of the industry mehs. Not that the bill featuring Donnis, Jay Rock, Freddie Gibbs, Pill and Nipsey Hu$$le wasn’t a good ticket, it still needed some more ‘zhuush’ to keep the people in the building. All of NY’s transplants have actually seen these acts in their respective ‘hoods but they have yet to see an actual NY rapper perform. What Vado lacked in overall lyricism I feel like he transferred in raw energy and determination. Cam’Ron even put in hypeman work for him which was refreshing to see.

A girl from California told me the other day via Twitter (natch) that NY rap was dead. It figures that she wasn’t at the Highline Ballroom this past Wednesday night. NY rap isn’t dead, it just went back underground.

  • http://www.ihiphop.com/ iHipHop

    Great piece. This could actually be an ongoing conversation. One thing is for sure. NY will not stand for starving in the street forever. Cats will find a way and New York will get its props back. The thing is I dont think its going to come from the streets first. Peep Diggy Simmons.

  • http://dallaspenn.com/weblog DP

    An artist like Diggy Simmons can come from anywhere. He really isn't any different from Drake in that he represents the NY segment of wealthy kid sweet 16 rap. That won't bring NY back. NY is not for pop stars. Its for lunchpail crackpipe blue-collar subway riding rappers

  • http://www.ihiphop.com/ iHipHop

    Yea I don't think that rap is coming back any time soon. For one, that way of life is just out numbered by the south, midwest and west type lifestyles. New York needs a new superstar.

  • thesykoticdonmac

    This rap thing ain't just about the streets anymore. We took it and put it into the suburban/international homes. In NY Diggy will represent the well off kids, Vado will rep the streets. Red Cafe ain't that far away either.

  • http://www.ihiphop.com/ iHipHop

    Well said. But how do you get NY streets music to be what's hot again? Puff has gold fronts on down south with wacka and ross!

  • thesykoticdonmac

    I'm in the Pac NW right now. Last nite out partying I heard “I'm Ill”-Red Cafe & “A-Mafia”-Cam/Vado in every spot I was in. The dance floor gets crowded to 'Empire State Of Mind'! When does the world not check on NY to see what's the deal? NY just needs to figure out who their new representatives are gonna be, and some of the OG's should have bigger roles within the industry than what they have now. I'm thinking London's next.

    Shyne/DJ-UK/large talent potential=euros(stronger than dollar currency)

    Akon showed the blueprint w/Gaga. Shyne just came home, he will be walking the streets and be local in an environment that realistically doesn't know him.

    And call me when Waka's on a Diddy song.

    mink coats=coattail

  • thesykoticdonmac

    I'm in the Pac NW right now. Last nite out partying I heard “I'm Ill”-Red Cafe & “A-Mafia”-Cam/Vado in every spot I was in. The dance floor gets crowded to 'Empire State Of Mind'! When does the world not check on NY to see what's the deal? NY just needs to figure out who their new representatives are gonna be, and some of the OG's should have bigger roles within the industry than what they have now. I'm thinking London's next.

    Shyne/DJ-UK/large talent potential=euros(stronger than dollar currency)

    Akon showed the blueprint w/Gaga. Shyne just came home, he will be walking the streets and be local in an environment that realistically doesn't know him.

    And call me when Waka's on a Diddy song.

    mink coats=coattail

  • eknight81

    I tell people if you can't find any good hip-hop then you need to question your status as a hip-hop fan

  • fosterakahunter

    Dude is getting roasted for being vague, but, I have to mostly agree with Jae Millz on this freshmen nonsense; Who the f@#k ARE these ni@@uz?!? lol thinking back to this ni@@a here in Chicago a year or so ago trying to hip us to his man, Donnis. Cats heard his rhymes and started going in on dude for how garbo this clown was, and that's the norm nowadays with these internets blog-tastic wannabe rappers.