As we come to the end of another Fiscal Rap Year…
For the Native New Yorker, those awkward quintessential questions tend to arise once again.
Is New York Hip Hop Dead? IS NY Rap ever coming back? Why is New York rap so irrelevant? Do we blame Ebro? What does Ja Rule feel about all of this?Well the answers to these questions are simple, yet tricky. Firstly, yes, NYC rap is back, and is about to blow up in a major way. We at BendXL truly feel that NY hip hop is currently at the state where LA Hip Hop was right before its resurgence back in 2010-2012. The players are in place, the bases are loaded, and we feel a homerun is coming very soon. However all of this is contingent on one little thing. The difference between life or death, the difference between prominence or another decade of irrelevance. In 2015 and beyond, the only thing that is stopping NEW YORK Hip Hop from “coming back” is.
LACK OF SUPPORT
A year ago, we dropped one of our most notorious articles on this website.
We got alot of love, alot of hate, surprise industry emails, angry local rapper e-threats the whole nine. The list was very disruptive. It still makes waves to this day. It became a instant hood barbershop classic in NY. One of the main reasons why that article was such a success was because it embodied one of our main mantra’s here at BendXL.
“To shine light on the underdogs.”
The type of artists you WONT see on other mainstream rap media websites or avenue’s. To give the local champ a shot at the title. Safe to say, we got one pick RIGHT last year. If you were to ask about Dave East in 2015, you would probably hear a “He’s bringing NY back” or “He is such a ill MC” or “He’s cute”(if your a girl, or if you swing that way, we aint judging 😉 ).
Who would of thought that Dave East would go on to link with Nas, become one of the main MCs waving the flag for NY rap in 2015 and have girls going crazy, lusting over his thug selfies on IG daily? (Life come’s at you fast man)
Well this list we concocted this go around is chalk full of MC’s and Artists you will be singing praises of in the future, all you have to do is show the love and support in the now.
But WHILE were here. Before we hop into the list. Check these essential NYC 2015 bangers (#JusKno)