New York’s Losing the Lion’s Share – 2006 Recap
In the wake of XXL’s 10 Freshmen for ’10 cover, one question kept coming up: What happened to New York? For hip-hop’s first 25 years, the music’s birthplace created dozens of stars. From the Bronx’s KRS-One to Manhattan’s Doug E. Fresh, Brooklyn’s Notorious B.I.G., Queens’s 50 Cent and Staten Island’s Wu-Tang Clan, each borough produced its own legends. Even outlying provinces like Long Island and Yonkers got in on the act, expanding New York rap’s borders with the likes of Public Enemy and DMX.
But that was then. Over the past seven years, the well has gone dry. Since 50 Cent detonated onto the scene with his eight-million-selling megabomb Get Rich or Die Tryin’, New York newcomers have been having a hard time blowing up. In fact, since 50 made his mark in 2003 with both his solo debut and G-Unit group album (Beg For Mercy), only a handful of local rappers have managed to debut in the top 10 of Billboard’s Top 200 albums chart: Juelz Santana (2003’s From Me to U), Sheek Louch (2003’s Walk Witt Me), Loon (2003’s Loon), Lloyd Banks (2004’s The Hunger for More) Tony Yayo (2005’s Thoughts of a Predicate Felon) and Mims (2007’s Music Is My Savior). And only Lloyd Banks (2004’s “On Fire”), Mims (2007’s “This Is Why I’m Hot,”) and Lil Mama (2008’s “Lip Gloss”) have had a first single break the top 10 of the Hot 100 singles.
In XXL’s May issue, which is on stands now, we went searching the five boroughs, as well as Long Island and Yonkers, in search of some answers as to how New York fell into a hip-hop drought. But over the course of the next few days, we’ll give a year-by-year breakdown of the music that came out of the Big Apple and how it stacked up against the rest of the hip-hop nation.
Men lie, women lie, but numbers don’t…
In 2006, 33 hip-hop albums debuted in the top 10 of Billboard’s top 200, 11 of which came from New York artists
NEW YORK ARTISTS
FishScale, Ghostface Killah
Todd Smith, LL Cool J
Blood Money, Mobb Deep
Killa Season, Cam’Ron
The Big Bang, Busta Rhymes
Year Of The Dog…Again, DMX
4:21… The Day After, Method Man
Rotten Apple, Lloyd Banks
Press Play, Diddy
Hustler’s P.O.M.E. (Product Of My Environment), Jim Jones
Kingdom Come, Jay-Z
On Top Of Our Game, Dem Franchize Boyz
New Joc City, Yung Joc
Best Thang Smokin’, Young Dro
Release Therapy, Ludacris
The Inspiration, Young Jeezy
My Ghetto Report Card, E-40
Laugh Now, Cry Later, Ice Cube
Doctor’s Advocate, The Game
Tha Blue Carpet Treatment, Snoop Dogg
Reality Check, Juvenile
The Heart Of Tha Streetz, Vol. 2 (I Am What I Am), B.G.
Like Father, Like Son, Birdman & Lil Wayne
Second Round’s On Me, Obie Trice
Eminem Presents: The Re-Up, Various Artists
Pimpalation, Pimp C
In My Mind, Pharrell
Port Of Miami, Rick Ross
Game Theory, The Roots
Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor, Lupe Fiasco
Out of the 33 hip-hop albums to debut in the top 10 of Billboard’s top 200 in 2006, none were from new New York artists dropping their first album.
In 2006, 17 hip-hop singles reached the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100, 4 of which came from New York artists.
NEW YORK ARTISTS
“Come to Me” – Diddy Featuring Nicole Scherzinger
“Show Me What You Got” – Jay-Z
“Control Myself” – LL Cool J
“We Fly High” – Jim Jones
Out of the 17 hip-hop singles to reach the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100 in 2006, none were from a new New York artists.