New York This, New York That,
Is New York ever coming back
That is what has been said of the new york rap scene for the past 10 some odd years. The home of many hip hop legends such as Jay-z, Nas, Big, Rakim, Wu-tang, Camron and a plethora of others has been silent for the upside of 10 years. The last time a NY artist was in a dominating position was back in 03-04 with 50 Cent. Since then, NY has been simply straggling along the new musical landscape that has been dominated by the south, and now currently the midwest and the west coast. Every region in hip hop seems to be flourishing. Except for its birthplace. Which raises the question. Why? How come NY can not develop a strong rap scene in the current landscape of hip hop? Is it because too many old people are clung to the past? Is it because Jay-z is not ready to pass the torch? Is it because New Yorkers are too snobby and do not support their own? Is it EBROs fault? #MainoVoice
The Real Issue is..
Lack of Acceptance
Too many people hold NY MCs to this imaginary standard of supreme beings that even NY MCs of the past could not adhere to. Sorry gramps or Mr. “If 2pac was still alive…”, but not every single New Gen NY MC is gonna hop out the gate with the word play of Nas, the street credibility of 50 cent and the charisma of Camron while spitting super conscious uplifting metaphysical raps all over your favorite 90s Dj Premier loops and beat breaks There is always this idiotic argument of “bringing it back” or “staying true to the sound” , but the last time I checked Chief Keef isn’t exactly spitting the struggles of black life over sped up soul samples and John Mayer ballads, Kendrick Lamar and YG aren’t riding lowriders while spitting over G-funk beats (yet!), and Future, Young Thug and the Migos aren’t exactly Outkast (Even though they may end up being just as influential #waitonit).
Every other region has accepted the youth of their respective area, no matter how “weird” or “different” they are from their past representatives. YG isn’t exactly spitting 2pac level bars and Dj Mustard isn’t cranking out Dr.Dre level beats, yet all the same they have been dominating 2014 in their OWN way. Keyword. OWN WAY. Future and Mike Will or a Young Thug and Metro Boomin do things their OWN WAY. The cities that they are from not only accept it, but they uplift it. THAT is the key to success. Doing things your OWN WAY. Fuck trying to follow the blueprint, or wasting your energy trying to please these miserable stuck in the past hip hop fans. At BendXL, we will always support artists who do things their OWN WAY while being themselves and traveling new grounds. Too many people are soo infatuated with a imaginary NY scene and sound, and as a result they are missing the AMAZING scene that is currently brewing in the streets of NY. A scene full of numerous styles and perspectives, from gritty street kids, to noble lyricists, to straight up weirdos, and everything in a between. From soul samples and drum breaks to BANG em up BASS.
Some of theses artists are even meshing other regions sounds with NY flair to create new styles and sounds that NY has never seen before, a sound that is even breaking down the mold of what NY is suppose to sound like. This is a brooding homegrown movement of actual NY residents. Not “Move To The City And Make A New Identity” or “Let’s Simply Pander To ‘Real Hip Hop Heads” type of artists. These are kids who are actually in these streets and letting it all hang out. In this list that we are about to show you are the youth of NY. These are the kids of the streets, the kids on the buses, the kids on the trains, the youngins at the bodegas. A true representation of what is going on outside. Sorry but there are going to be very few “hipsters” or “alternative” artists in this list. Which is ironic, because we at BendXL typically LOVE those type of artists. But this is not what this list is about.
This list is not who the blogs have been shoving in your face as the “Saviors” of NY or who’s “Next Up”. These are the actual locals rising the ranks in the city, these are the people that NY viewers of this site may know personally. Maybe you went to the same parties and schools with these kids. Maybe you have seen them on the bus. Maybe one of these guys robbed you. Whatever the case may be, We are giving you the raw deal talent of NY.