New York Isn’t Enough

sickNY.jpgLife as an A-N-R-S-T-A-R can sometimes get a little frustrating. I’m always on myspace (eh eh eh) listening to songs, reading bios and no homoing at camera phone flicks of aspiring artists. I leave every showcase with a Pharrell-sized duffle bag full of demos. I go thru hundreds of beat tapes a week filled with fake chopped and screwed hooks or wanna-be Just Bleezy drum patterns. I even buy CDs from the panhandler rappers who sell their CDs in front of Virgin Megastore, Fat Beats and every record label in New York City. You know who I’m talking about, the guys who run up on you armed with a CD player and a burning desire to get your $3 to $5. I listen to everybody and anybody in the five boroughs who either had their own album or was track 24 on the latest Cutmaster C mixtape. No dice. So I decided I need a change of scenery. New York wasn’t enough, so I embarked on a nation wide talent tour. Well, sort of.

First I had to mentally prepare and physically pack for my artist signing jihad. If I heard one more mixtape rapper talk about “bringing New York back” I would’ve personally hijacked an airplane and crashed it right into Canal Street. Suitcase packed filled with business cards, BMF-like stacks of ones, Amex, sidekick, CD player, a few pairs of stunner shade hater blockers and the mixtape version of Illmatic. I also compiled a list of quiet towns I planned to go lock down from Englewood to Inglewood. Sign Something Or Die Trying.

First stop was a weekend in Orlandoooooo; Walt Disney. The real Walt Disney, home of Goofey, Donald, Minnie and Mickey. What I ended up finding was the hottest (and wackest) new talent in the mighty O, Fort Lauradale, Tallahassee and Jacksonville. One thing I noticed about the talent down here is they really take their art more seriously, business wise at least. All the artists have their own t-shirts, vinyl, flyers, mixtapes, fan bases and choreographed dances. They also aren’t afraid to take their “cool” off and experiment with different sounds. Everyone in the home of hip-hop’s way too much of a player/gangster/hustler/boss to even break a sweat. But at the end of the day, I didn’t find anything good enough to sign, so my search continued to Nellyville.

While the city of Albert Pujols, transvestite loving rappers and the Bill O’Reily of hip-hop blogging, I linked up with a group I’m A&Ring for called Da Banggaz. The main thing I learned over the 2 nights, 7 clubs and 11 Remy-N-Red Bull’s is that no one in the mid-west cares about New York City hip-hop. They have more than enough crunk, hyphy, chopped, screwed, leaned and rocked with it songs to be concerned with the newest Styles P record. A matter of fact, out of the hundreds of songs I did hear, there’s was only ONE NY VERSE the whole time: Jay-Z’s verse on the Hustlin Remix. That was my cue to fly to the home of the reigning King Of New York.

“Chevy riding so tall
Looking down New York
It’s all I gotta tell these niggas
I DO THIS SHIT!”

That and Yola Da Great’s “I Aint Goin Let Up” is all I heard out every car and club while I was down in the A. I rolled with Don Cannon and one of Magic City’s finest to every swap meat, pub, club and scripper joint from Bankhead to Adamsville. Unless being used as in the tip drill video, my Amex is pretty useless on the scene down there. I hit the Bank of America ATMs and hit my limit every night. I ended up making it rain at Platinum 21, Fever, Visions, Club Miami and the other after hours over the Independence Day break. Just as I suspected, they play the Georgia Frank White for an hour at the club along with the southern Jay-Z and the best rapper alive since the best rapper retired. The DJ’s also find the time to try and break their local talent. Though I didn’t find anything to sign, I did hear a hilarious John Travolta dedication record I heard from some new group called “B-Team”:

B-Team “John Travolta”

Now I’m back in the angry rap fan capital of the world (what up Ghost). After all that traveling I have come to one conclusion: New York Isn’t Enough. Not only do we not support each other, they don’t take initiative to grind, work records for months at a time and just blame program directors for everything. What I do notice though is when certain New York groups decide to go out of town and promote their songs/movements (Diplomats, G-Unit), they have monumental success, staying power and love when out of town. Gotham City like The Bulls after Jordan retired, Pippen went to the Rockets and Rodman wore a wedding dress. Before we get another number 23, we’re going to have to rebuild and work with a few Ben Gordons’ until the swag is back. Sorry Ghost, but the title stays below the Dixie and New York only has itself to blame.

  • d.GUTTA

    sickamore….u have the best job ever!! i wanna travel the country listening to music and going to strip clubz too!!

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    Aw man, you were in town. You should’ve said something.

    Maybe I’ll try my hand at rapping.

  • thoreauly77

    agreed, but i think unnecessary to call out ghost (twice); the man is right. however it doesnt matter if he says “fuck new york”, new york is fucking itself.

  • http://hypebeast.com/lupefiasco 2chéLupe

    Chicago gets no love … once again

  • http://www.myspace.com/therapistmusic Therapist

    shoulda went to carolina…

    and isn’t john travolta gay? i mean thats a hot song, unless john travolta is gay.. then its just homo

    but sick, if worst comes to worst you can always sign murda mook

  • http://www.myspace.com/therapistmusic Therapist

    >>Chicago gets no love … once again

    Omen from the chi, he’s gonna do it.. mark those words…

    not to mention yall got ben wallace… the bulls are back

  • I Fux

    I am glad you actually said something unlike Down South Dick Rider DJ Drama ake Kenyon Martin aka Jason Kidd aka Josh Boone aka Marcus Williams aka Yellow Man aka whatever that nigga is

  • john cochran

    Too bad you aint come to Philly, you would’ve ran into some real spittas. Fatal Union/ Game changerz Ent.

  • http://www.myspace.com/sunshyne_84 mama sick

    push! montana

  • http://www.myspace.com/infthree Thomas J

    Sickamore…. you went to my myspace profile awhile ago, you told me to let you know when i’ve put new tracks up, well I’ve got a few up, although they are ‘unfinished’ i’m saving the finals for the album…

    i’m not fucking around with some mixtape BS,

    i’m independently recording an album using the tools I worked my ass off to pay for, at the same time not only being the voice i’ve been producing my own music also.

    http://www.myspace.com/infthree

    I suggest you stay tuned… lots more is to come…

    Oh and… you can guess where I’m from

  • http://www.myspace.com/wanted_dstny Dark Angel.

    LMAO, so u hit up the Lou, huh? i wish i would’ve known you were coming… we have tooooo many wannabe rappers in St. Louis, its crazy… everybody who has a cousin/friend/boyfriend/brother who hits the studio. Hopefully, you find an artist on you search.

  • http://www.myspace.com/thabestlicker Maggie H.

    what about tampa area??? acafool, tampa tony, blackjack boys????? or maybe they can only be one or two hit wonders. you werent into jon young over in O-town?

  • http://myspace wednesday addams

    im from yonkers ….i had to come to greensboro n.c. to find that nigga…his name iz beatymane…dude iz that truth…i got niggas from chi town and ny feeling dude.we got 5 albums worth of heat!!!!!! check out the new song on my page….its 4 all those fake myspace dj’s

  • http://www.myspace.com/youngre Roe

    COME 2 CHICAGO…

  • http://myspace.com/flyboy FLYBOY

    Your right on point Sickamore!
    Thats Knowledge that these cats need to hear!
    I appreciate what you do for HipHop man!

    -Flyboy
    Crunkkilla.com

  • FLAboy

    You skipped over the Tampa Bay Area (ST. Pete, Polk County, Tampa) This is where all the talent is!

  • Da Heatseeker

    ‘More.. ya know we’re not gonna get anywhere until we rub the chip off our shoulder,we’re not losing hip hop in ny..it’s born here so it’ll always be here.We’ve evolved to a different matter of perspective and its time to party, we know the mode will change 4th quarter.I keep telling people the Carolina is where its at right now and I’m starting to get ladies from the Bay as well…after that Minnesota. Later. LP

  • http://www.myspace.com/hoodwidepromotions Vena of Hoodwide Promotions

    i think you should continue going thru the states having fun and listening to good music.. when your ready for a real artist listen to Street Lotto feat Daz of the dogg pound he has a cool sound that is very marketable…..
    Vena

  • http://myspace.com/datdudehq DatDudeHq

    If you was in Orlando why you aint holla at me? Just messing wit cha but I know when I do get signed Ima blow up like a broke pinto! Check me out on Myspace and tell me what you think!

  • http://www.mspace.come/watermuzik GEO.STORM

    hot bloq, and its mad fuckin true. stay up. ONE

  • http://STREETMONSTAZAOL.COM SOUL MUTT

    WHUT U KNOW ABOUT KC SICK? SINCE THA INDUSTRY IS SLEEP, YOU NEED TO GET OUT HERE(WE DONT SLUR OR R’S) AND TAP THIS SHIT. HOLLA AT THA KID

    STREETMONSTAZ.COM

  • http://ww.xxlmag.com Chi-Town Representor

    Dont worry. Chi-Town gonna get its shine on. I aint surprised that the midwest dont care about New York music. As y’all kno, Im from Chicago. BUt I aint into this trend about Crunk, Hyphy, Snap Dance, Screwwed-N- Chopped shit. All that shit is str8 wack-ass. Did u come into the Chi cuz when u go down there u will find mad talnt down here. Real Talk

  • Meka Soul

    that “john travolta” has got to be the single funniest song of every blog posted on this site. hilarious! now i wanna bust a move like john travolta!

  • Eastside Riderz

    BISHIP BOSS IS THE FUTURE
    Tell A Friend To Tell A Friend
    myspace.com/myspacecombishipboss

    It got to be hard to invest money and time in a new artist. But maybe you ain’t looking in the right places. All artist develope with the time. You need to look in your own backyard and help build and develope artsit that you know have the grind. Young Jeezy sounded like shit 3 or 4 years ago but not no more. Lil Wayne was well known in the South but know he’s a favorite in N.Y. And nobody cared about 50 in N.Y. till EM said he was hot he never sold mixtapes like the LOX NAture Fab and the rest of them mixtape guys but now he’s the real winner. You an A&R find something and develope it. Finaces and the right production brings out more talent then a lil bit if the artist just needs to be polished.

    BISHIP BOSS IS THE FUTURE
    Tell A Friend To Tell A Friend
    myspace.com/myspacecombishipboss

  • http://www.trendsettazinc.com DJ Main Event

    good to see you made it rain and didnt get shot/shanked for it homeboy.

    question: why didnt you hit up miami during all this globetrotting?

  • http://myspace.com/hardcoremusicgroup HMG

    yo sic check out my dudes from bk/nc/va o.s.p

    myspace.com/hardcoremusicgroup

  • Omar

    Goddamn!!!!!!!!! Enough of the NY bashing!!!!!!!!!!! Shit !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.famrecords.com Josef Stylin

    when it comes to rap NY is the city that hates itself. So dont get mad when I shine and get money outta town. Luv is luv baby

  • a

    Sick, I disagree with you there is a ton of talent,
    Cashmere, Dk, Max b, Rome D Marco, Willie the Kid.
    It is a lot easier to say no than yes.

    Furthermore when do we get a power 30 and a new tape with the tru life diss

  • http://www.itsbaltimorebaby.com C Love

    Sickamore…end your search NOW!!!!

    Come to Baltimore, MD. You know that spot in between Philly and DC…you know the spot that people always skip ova!!!

    I like to call B’more …

    THE LAST BASTION ON HIP HOP HOP HOPE!!!

    Lyricism never went out of style here! Yeah we like to party, but like Mully said, “This is the home of the realest”

    If you are looking for talent….I am having an all features showcase on July 26, 2006 @ Sonar (www.sonarbaltimore.com)

    I will be featuring:
    Brown F.I.S.H
    http://www.myspace.com/brownfishllc

    B. Fly
    http://www.myspace.com/therealbfly

    Ogun
    http://www.myspace.com/realonpurpose

    Real 2 Real
    http://www.myspace.com/real2real

    Skarr Akbar
    (one of the most high profile Baltimore artists. You may have heard of him before)
    http://www.myspace.com/skarrakbararabz

    We got talent for dayz….I need a lil more about what you are looking for.

    Also….holla at cha gurl!

    C Love
    BMore Hip Hop Ambassador
    http://www.myspace.com/clove

  • http://HIS_LADY_4EVERMYSPACE.COM ROSEGOLD

    U SURE HAVE A TOUGH JOB 2 DO BUT KEEP DOIN DA DAMM TING….
    YEAH EVERY 1 IS ON MY SPACE…LOL
    I KNOW U HEARD SOME OF ROUGH’S MUSIC FROM ABANDONED NATION….DAT MAN HAS SOME FIYAH…..

  • http://xxlmag erererer

    why is this guy always talking reckless about jay-z?and wha thye fuck do u mean calling jeezy the new king of new york?i am sick of hearing that shit.havent u been listening to the news about jiggas concerts shutting down the city?fuck this clown.he still salty that jigga cut him off from his anr position at def jam.

  • KR

    That John Travolta shit is hilarious

  • MoneyMakin’Mitch

    U went 2 St. Louis and didn’t sign…..CHA$E?!?! Craig Kallman will have your head 4 such treason! I’m from Harlem and I know he the “next” nigga, not only for St. Louis, but 4 hip hop. U need 2 double back! Bust a urk…

  • Cory Sparks

    That is so true sic. I do music promo street team in the south and I can say strongly that they could give 2 fucks about ny rappers. And that “bring ny back” bullshit is giving me a headache. new yorkers are becoming country because they refuse to leave the nest…bamas!

  • http://www.rceason.com Rod Campbell

    You did right by bypassing the Bay Area as a whole, but your trip was incomplete without at stop in Deep East Oakland to see and hear the dude Esinchill. He’s fire!! What’s great is the good people who created the internet have joined forces with the homie Tom of myspace and made Esinchill available to you wherever you are. Check the dude at myspace.com/rceasonmusic or myspace.com/esinchillandkingbeef. He deserves a listen, at least! He special! Safe travels homie!

  • DJ Lucky Luke

    Shoulda brought yo ass to Atlanta–JMoney and DJ Lucky Luke have over 50 tracks up their sleeve. You could theoretically listen to our shit for like 6 hours or something. Let us know ahead of time where your gonna be at and we’ll get you some autographed copies of “Knockout: It’s Over” and “Knockout II: Still Undefeated.” –DJLL

  • DCMadeMan

    Hey man you could’ve stopped past the Nations Cap and found way more talent then in fucking florida or st.louis lol

  • Letsgetit

    YO! You a herb for real. REAL TALK FAM.

  • Playa=50=

    50 da king of N.Y.!!!!!!

    waz zup chi-town????
    make musik for my ears!!!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/princeunseen unseen

    i think were the east messed up was it was too many people are paying these mixtape marketing but no one is marketed the artist . the mixtapes run had its golden years . out of all the people that come out and all the money that was generated in the east with the djs .a&r have gotten lazy (97-02 a.d biggie and pac). every one that comes out of jail think they can rap. label wanna make the money but they dont wanna make the artist rich . rock music has a bigger new artist turn around then rap . and rap makes more money no one has came out with sucessful album after the 97 era . besides 50 and kayne there is a level after 50 no one has tapped in to . i think when artist and labels where worried about selling a million . that fuck up every one in the head. the culture of the east coast is different niggas is bloods ,crips, with no 5% in it how are we the east with no 5% . half of these rappers cant read or dont read. you, dj clue , whoo kidd, and slay had the biggest turn over with artist. so that was a plus but . with hip hop making 24 billion dollars last year its an controlled business your job trying to find some one hot or raw talent it like finding a needle in the haystack my brother . i feel your pain but i watched the game the long and this new generation is fucked . and if you find that next person . the label will take 3-4 year to push em out because they really dont know what there doing …good luck sickamore

  • http://www.defjam.com Rey

    I’m sure that if you’re eliminating talent, production, and originality from the equation, sure, the south is definitely on top.

    That’s the fuckin’ problem with hip-hop “journalists”.. half of you motherfuckers are too busy worried about selling magazines (YN) or website hits (whoever the fuck you are–daddy mac looking motherfucker) to actually say that what’s popular sucks, and that your new “BIG, Jay, & Nas” wouldn’t be more than a blip on the fucking radar if any of the aforementioned kings were still 1-around, 2-not retired, and 3-not a fucking hip-hop hermit.

    Part 2 is to the asshole fans and artists that claim that any criticism is “hating”. I’ve never hated any artist for selling records or making money. I’ve hated artists & their supporters for thinking that making money or selling records equals talent or relevance.

    Nobody in basketball would think that Allan Houston making $100,000,000 makes him better than LeBron James, who’s “only” making $75,000,000.

    I can’t wait for the trap, crack, and money rap to die. It was cool in 1998, but we’ve all (or should have, anyway) grown up.

    Fuck you, and anyone who disagrees.

  • http://sickamore.xxlmag.com Sickamore

    Thank You Rey for personifying my point

    “Now I’m back in the angry rap fan capital of the world (what up Ghost). After all that traveling I have come to one conclusion: New York Isn’t Enough. Not only do we not support each other, they don’t take initiative to grind, work records for months at a time and just blame program directors for everything.”

  • http://www.defjam.com Rey

    Shit… I can’t even tell if you’re agreeing with me or admonishing me…

    …I must be getting old…

  • bhillboy

    i didn’t know that going to 2 cities qualified as a big trip. just saying if you gonna make a trip. rent a car and go city to city. for real grind time it. just to speak up for my city-CINCINNATI- and all the other cities you flew over while trying to get to St.Louis, who already’s been discovered with about 3 platinum artists-next time make these some stops of yours-CINCINNATI, louisville, nap-town, dayton, memphis, jackson, cashville,b-ham,columbus.had you gone to any of those cities you might have seen somethin’ great. no wonder you think saigon is the shit- you don’t get out much.

  • Styles

    Till you niggaz in New York stop all this beef shit, we going to continue to run this rap shit. I like New York music, but the thing is down south is making better music. You have a few pieces of shit like D4L and DFB, but we also have TI and Weezy. The next reason why we run this is b/c you don’t hear of a lot of diss tracks down here, b/c we don’t play that shit in the south and we support each other. Granted there are a few places that are crabs in a bucket and don’t want to see the next man come up, but what city doesn’t have people like that, but it seems like NY is the worst right now. NY music will never come back unless they realize this. I don’t care if Jay-Z put another album out, that’s only one record, not enough and with hip hop sales being so low no a days he’ll sell good but it won’t be anything that’s monumental.

  • Gutta

    how you go to florida without goin to miami? why orlando? i was down there last year,them niggas is country and they wack. jersey got a lot of hott new artists but you wouldnt know cuz u in orlando of all places.holla at me

  • Styles

    Hell yeah stop in Memphis, there’s only two acts down there and that’s 8 ball & mjg and three six, but that’s b/c Three Six black ball you if you don’t fuck with them. Look at Yo Gotti nigga sold 30,000 records. Maybe if you would have stopped there you would’ve seen that there are a few good acts there. A few cities won’t cut it b/c you went to places that were already poppin.

  • J.Fresh

    Sick you know where the hitmaker is mayne. Stop traveling all over the world for nothing.

  • http://www.defjam.com Rey

    I agree with Styles to a point– You’ll never see an all NY cover of the Source the way they had an all TX cover, or the way MTV had all them ATL boys in one big group photo.

    I definitely blame Curtis Jackson for that shit. That asshole came in and made beef the new “It” trend amongst all the Cock-Hoppers out there.

  • http://myspace.com/ombiant mr.ombiant

    Maybe you should state exactly what you’re looking for. You are in a privileged position to help out a lot dudes, and I am not talking about just giving a hand out. If you cant find any talent, then what type of A&R are you? And that’s no disrespect to your hustle…I am just wondering if you’re looking for a star right off the bat. Real artists that are in the game right now didn’t start off as stars. Real dudes that had a real eye for talent saw something in them, and then they made it happen. Before you continue to bash artists, take a step back and check out your game, then maybe these label execs might sign someone new instead the same dudes trying to revitalize their careers.

    -What up Rey

  • http://www.defjam.com Rey

    Rap has been money clothes hoes drugs etc etc from basically the beginning “I’ve got a color tv so I can see the knicks play basketball”–but there was so much other things to say.. Sick, if you’re trying to help out the game, find a storyteller that realizes that there’s a middle ground between the backpackers and the 106 kids.

    -I see you Mr. O.

  • http://WWW.MYSPACE.COM/JOEHOLIDAY JOE HOLIDAY

    JUST CHECK OUT THE KID…JOE HOLIDAY THE B.X. BULLY. Not A GANGSTA, KILLA OR A DRUG DEALER.MY TALENT IS BEYOND THE AVERAGE “NYC PERSONA” I AM A LYRICISTS WITH A METAPHORIC TYPE FLOW WITH A TWIST OF SARCASTIC COMEDY THAT I’VE LEARNED TO CURV FOR THE PUBLIC. I HAVE SONG MATERIAL AS WELL AS FREESTYLE BATTLE TYPE RHYMES. FEAR NO ONE AND I HAVE A VERY ENERGENIC STAGE PRESENTS. THE ONLY PROBLEM IS PRODUCTION. I DON’T HAVE MUCH OF A TEAM AT THAT END BUT TRUST ME WHEN YOU HEAR ME YOU’LL KNOW WHAT THE POSIBILITIES ARE. SEEMS AS IF YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE …SO CHECK THE KID AND GIVE ME SOME FEED BACK….
    THANKS.

  • http://myspace.com/ombiant mr.ombiant

    Joe Holiday…Where are people suppose to hear you

  • suckitmarshall

    Rey, why would it bother you that hip hop journalists try and sell magazines or get hits? Is that not their job? A journalist’s role is to document what’s going on. Sometimes it’s their job to comment on it too, but ultimately it is NOT their job to influence it. That’s where the Sauce fucked up. They thought they could force the culture to pivot on their likes and dislikes, and learned that’s not how it goes. Aside from which, if one wants to sustain being paid selling a product one must tailor that product to it’s consumer base. Obviously you’re opinions represent a small minority. Which is why niche publications like Elemental and Mass Appeal exist. Go support them, buy their product and post on their website. I’m sure they’d appreciate it. Democracy through Capitalism, my friend.

  • http://myspace.com/ombiant mr.ombiant

    SUCKITMARSHALL, I agree with what you’re saying, but Sick is an A&R also commenting on the lack of talent.

  • http://www.defjam.com Rey

    Marshall–

    Basically it bothers me because alot of the journalists came up on good music and should know the difference and speak on it.

    I know people have kids to feed and all, but as a fan–a passionate fan–of hip-hop and it’s potential to be a unifying force *cue violins* it gets frustrating.

    I mean, I hear you, but all big words and angry rants aside.. It sucks having mediocre artists forced down ones throat and having them hailed as the next big thing.

    I wish *cue miss america theme* that talent would come back to the forefront when it comes to deciding who gets signed, played, and covered.

    Dare to dream, I suppose.

  • http://www.defjam.com Rey

    Last Point–

    There is plenty of talent out there. Someone just needs the balls to sign it and cultivate it.

    There’s alot of shit music out there right now, so people are like pigs and rooting thru the shit.

    If we put out good music, people could find just as much entertainment and knowledge in that as they do the feces music.

    UNO.

  • begs no friends

    New York Is Not Enough?!?
    Wow, groundbreaking shit here…xxl really needs to give this column to someone else this shit is a waste of space

  • Trel

    Sickamore what about showing Los Angeles some love??? My man is the best new rapper in LA and he just got back from NY where he had a meeting with Jive Records. While he was in New York, he got invited to do the MTV2 version of Fight Klub, and you can ask International P how “Jag” from Cali destroyed everybody he battled. He’s worked with some of the top producers in Cali including Ricc Rude (Destiny’s Child “Cater To U”), Focus (The Game), Klasik (Young Buck), 1500 (Snoop), and when he comes back to New York he’s going to work with Arsonist from the Heatmakerz.

  • http://www.myspace.com/kracktheking KR

    When u comin to Detroit?

  • http://www.dmcworld.com/technics2004/video/2004dj1-100k.wvx Ken

    This is the same homo that signed tired-ass Siagon…Sickamore where’s your hits @? Liv’n the life w/o having to deliver…

  • http://UG-RS.com Tyler

    Playboyz. . . Pimps . . U need 2 do yourself a favor and don’t get caught slipping on the newest heat out here in the streets. The games is changin’ & the Urban Rock sound is ’bout 2 take over. EatUp!

    http://www.myspace.com/marcusorealiusmusic

    http://www.myspace.com/marcmaysrockandrollthug

  • http://UG-RS.com Tyler

    And ‘dat heat above is coming outta’ South Beach from Robert Reives aka VerbalKint who is the same Producer/A&R that was behind hit shit like: Jodeci, Dangerous Minds Soundtrack, a couple joints on 2Pac cause he use 2 work up under Devante until he grew his wings & left ‘dat nigga shutting Jodeci down 4 the last 10 years since he left while putting everybodies favorite dick 2 ride Timbaland & Magoo & Ginuwine in the game before they fuck’d him out the picture not 2 mention he work’d on ‘dat 2nd Aaliyah album as well just 2 name a few thangs.
    The game is all fuck’d up talent wise cause all them same haters ‘dat are cryin’ like little babies in New York use 2 be playin favorites and who’s friends with who is how niggas get they deals. Now y’all up top have Karma 2 thank cause U are payin’ the price for your own actions, but sadly the true fans have 2 suffer right along with U thru all this wack product.
    Playboy, do yourself a favor and look into the music I just mention 2 U as well as ‘dat cat who’s name I dropped, just 4 U. . . if U want not only your bank account & Rep’ 2 grow but 4 the whole music game 2 grow as well. The Nigga is next level!

  • http://www.87northmusic.com J. Biz

    Montreal my dude …Montreal

  • Tray

    Personally, I think you should’ve signed those John Travolta guys.

  • Tray

    They sound like they could be the next franchize boyz.

  • http://yourallwelcome.blogspot.com/ 911

    On my own terms, one day soon.

  • Theodore Unit

    Theodore all day hipsters

  • http://www.myspace.com/theanticorp RoxStar
  • 2 tears in a bucket

    once again they hate to say it but the south is on top for along time ask jay-z and p-diddy they the business men new york held it down for a long time but did not know to keep it who the dumb slow country ass niggas now cityboy

  • nonaya

    A!!! go myspace and look up C-ball,Crumm,Currency Committee(cha-chingg.com), Pimpzila Pzilla.com

  • Pittsburgh, Pistolvania

    Yo Sickamore. Y’all should check out Wiz Khalifa in Pittsburgh! He on the “BANGERS” section on tha site too!

    http://www.myspace.com/wizkhalifa

  • http://www.sickamore.com Sickamore

    I’m actually gonna fly out and check Wiz

  • Sweet Site

    AGREED

    http://internettour.blogspot.com/

    MIXTAPE LINKS!

  • grace

    myspace.com/thebeatshrine

    soundclick.com/gracestarr

  • Blak Water

    Emcee Nova is still a NY native, how dare you Sick? And then you go co-sign Oun and Oun is my man. I guess Nova should go do 106 as well

  • http://www.dcutent.com James (St. James) Dishroom

    Damn Sic…..you came to the Midwest and didn’t hit Indianapolis….Mistake fam…I’ll give you a reason…BLACK EXPO, CLASSIC!! Come’on fam we have two of the biggest events in the U.S. for our people!! Come check the hip hop scene!!!
    and here’s who’s leading the movement, big shouts to DJ World and DJ Bnasty the Blendmaster!!!

    http://www.myspace.com\smelly06

  • http://www.myspace/trupain1 TRUPAIN

    SICKAMORE YOU SHOULD COME OUT TO DALLAS,TX & SIGN THIS VERY SERIOUS,TALENTED,UNIQUE MC CALLED TRUPAIN.HE GOT A FIRE STREET CD OUT CALLED”I’M KUMIN!GET A LOAD OF ME!” & GOT 2 NEW FIRE CD COMING OUT REAL,REAL SOON.HES NOT YOUR AVERAGE SOUTH ARTIST THIS CAT GOT THE OLD NY LYRICS(90′S SHIT!!)WITH THAT SOUTHERN SLANG.HIS NAME BEEN BUZZ IN THE STREETS.GET AT EM AT http://WWW.MYSPACE.COM/TRUPAIN1

  • Paychexx

    YO SICK CHECK OUT MYSPACE.COM/BORN2SURVIVEENT. LET A NIGGA WHAT UP. AND FOR N.Y. MY OPINION IS I THINK THAT DVDS AND CERTAIN MIXTAPES(NOT I ALWAYS COPPED YOURS)KILL N.Y. HIP HOP. BECUZ EVERYBODY IN THE COUNTRY GET THOSE DVDS AND ALL THE NIGGAS SOUNDS ALIKE,NOT TO SAY THE SOUTH OR THE WEST SOUNDS THE SAME TOO. BUT WHEN GOT A RAPPER TALKIN ABOUT I RUN THE BLOCK, I GOT A MILLION GUNS, AND THEN THEY ALL SOUND THE SAME. JUST A THOUGHT. ANOTHER THING AS SOON AS ANOTHER REGIONS BLOWS IT SEEMS NIGGAS IN N.Y. START TO HATE, NOBODY DONT HEAR COMPLAINING, IF YALL STARTED THIS SHIT THEN TAKE IT BACK WITH OUT THE HATIN. PEACE

  • Legal Dollaz

    DJ’s are the “new” NY artists…they make more money than most artist. The business model is always set by NY and the rest of the country will follow. Now you got DJ’s like Drama and Smallz down souf getting bigger than the artists they host. You have the Bay Area (ex-demolition men) on the mixtape game. The game started with the DJ as the star and it is returning to that as the value of the artist continue to diminish

  • the dough

    So this is open season on pleading Sickamore to visit your hip-hop forsaken spot on the map? Sickamore, come to the Idaho Panhandle, shit is goin’ down here. I can’t believe you skipped over us again.

  • http://www.dmcworld.com/technics2004/video/2004dj1-100k.wvx TZA DA DON

    If he’s smart he’ll sign a Southern act and win by default…

  • crissy

    Damn you should have announced the stl visit….nah I don’t rap but I’m talented

  • CBLACK

    sick you know exactly what you was doing by heading to the A town.We the the shit for one big reason everybody that blows up from the A sounds different.Tell me how is it that luda,lil john,outcast,jeezy,an tip can all share the top spot and never feel threaten by each other cause they all saying something different.What do you get from the NY everybody want to be king of new york an hate on everybody else.That shit is entertaining but it ain’t selling no cds.The NY has got to unite to compete.thats it plain an simple

  • Will

    New York, New York. I think everyone in new york probably thinks their new york, so it’s probably hard to group or work together together if everyone has a different agenda in mind.

  • 11kap

    CATS CAN’T SEEM TO GET WHY THE SOUTH HAS RAP ON LOCK………THEY TALKIN’ SLICKER AND THEY BRINGIN’ THAT BBBASS. DOWN SOUTH, PEOPLE LOVE POLYRYTHMS AND LYRICS THAT TALK ABOUT HAVING FUN.
    NYC, MY PEOPLE, DO U GET IT YET? TIME FOR A RENAISSANCE.

  • http://WWW.BLACKFLAGZ.COM ICADON

    Ur dissapointing me youngin.

    I’m hearing awful things.

    Get it back nigga.

    Hip Hop is hood music. Every hood should have an artist representing it. It seems that everyone is falling for the “bring new york back” promo campaign the radio set off.

    Nigga who sells more than 50??? Das NY.

    Until a nigga top his sells, NY is # 1. (saleswise)

    Dis is disgusting.

  • http://WWW.BLACKFLAGZ.COM ICADON

    BESIDES. U KNOW WHO DA ILLEST IN NYC IS, NO FUCK NYC…. DA WORLD.

    TELL THE CHILDREN THE TRUTH.

  • http://WWW.BLACKFLAGZ.COM ICADON

    BESIDES. U KNOW WHO DA ILLEST IN NYC IS, NO 4GET NYC…. DA WORLD.

    TELL THE CHILDREN THE TRUTH.

  • http://WWW.BLACKFLAGZ.COM ICADON

    U OUTTA LINE SAYIN GHOST’S NAME SON.

  • http://WWW.HIPHOPGAME.COM Your Shadow

    DA SOUTH WORK TOGETHER. THEY ARE MUCH FRIENDLY THAN NEW YORKERS ARE. IT’S MUCH MORE FAMILY ORIENTED. MORE LOVE. NEW YORK IS GRIND TOWN. FUCK YOU TOWN. IF YOUR GONNA MAKE IT HERE. YOU GOTTA BE THE BEST. PERIOD. THE LAST NIGGA DAT MADE IT OUT OF NY IS 50 CENT. HE’S DOING THE GREATEST OUT OF ALL OF THEM. WE PUT OUT QUALITY. NOT QUANTITY.

    I REMEMBER WHEN YOUR GRIND WAS HARDER TOO SICK.

    YOU USED TO PANHANDLE YOUR MIXTAPES TOO.

    IT’S SAD TO SEE YOUR SHITTING ON THE NIGGAZ THAT’S DOING WHAT YOU USED TO DO TO GET DAT LIL A&R STAR POSITION & THE CITY THAT HELPED YOU.

  • http://rockmetv.com Money L

    Fam I’m really not feeling that bullshit about New York HipHop is dead. We the fucking birthplace of this hold shit, all yall catz out there that get yall shot working for this Industry be switching up. don’t forget where and how you got your possition fam, Don’t get it twisted I’m happy for you, You earn everything you gettin, All I’m saying is that don’t fall victom to Industry shit by agreing with the fucking media, on trying to bring down my city, New York is what made you what you are today, who knows if the same turn out would of been like this in a diffrent city, What you need to do is give somebody a chance out here and just make hits because you no and I no 95% of this shit is all business!

    PS. You no who this is fam
    and you no how to reach me!!!!!!

  • Fernando

    NYC rap is at an all time LOW! Good reporting job because its true that nobody outside NYC gives a $hit about NY emcees. MAC DRE

  • http://www.pocketchangeent.com Hiroller

    you may be lookin to hard….
    Did you listen to my cd??
    i gave you one on the train like last week
    It’s really worth the listen
    so check it out if you haven’t

    http://www.myspace.com/Hiroller
    http://www.pocketchangeent.com

  • Live 4rm the Chi now Im in NY

    I’m sure that if you’re eliminating talent, production, and originality from the equation, sure, the south is definitely on top.

    That’s the fuckin’ problem with hip-hop “journalists”.. half of you motherfuckers are too busy worried about selling magazines (YN) or website hits (whoever the fuck you are–daddy mac looking motherfucker) to actually say that what’s popular sucks, and that your new “BIG, Jay, & Nas” wouldn’t be more than a blip on the fucking radar if any of the aforementioned kings were still 1-around, 2-not retired, and 3-not a fucking hip-hop hermit.

    Part 2 is to the asshole fans and artists that claim that any criticism is “hating”. I’ve never hated any artist for selling records or making money. I’ve hated artists & their supporters for thinking that making money or selling records equals talent or relevance.

    Nobody in basketball would think that Allan Houston making $100,000,000 makes him better than LeBron James, who’s “only” making $75,000,000.

    I can’t wait for the trap, crack, and money rap to die. It was cool in 1998, but we’ve all (or should have, anyway) grown up.

    Fuck you, and anyone who disagrees.

    ^^ I agree 100%. Whats up with these NY people shitting on the same city THEY are FROM? And “you” say NY is not united Sickamore? But u sure aint making it any better by shitting on it so STOP COMPLAINING about it when you are doing the very same thing….you arent doing much positive things for the city itself when it comes to hip hop besides signing a few lames minus Saigon. What have YOU done for the city and acomplished for the city? So until you can give a reasonable, legit answer stop the bullshit because we all know the truth and how u niggas kiss up just to stay fed. Its all gravy cause the same ppl u shit on its the same ones u gonna need in the future, believe it or not. When no other city wants to fuck with u anymore for whatever reason…dont go running back to dirty ass NY cuz they probably wont care for u anymore either if they even do now. CHI TOWN Stand up!

  • http://www.xxlmag.com jelani

    i don’t see how you can actually say the south is running shit like ny was in the mid to late 90′s.how many south acts going multi?nelly(he’s hip pop)but the south will say even nelly say,luda sells and now t.i. but lil scappy, yin yang twins,mike jones,chammillionaire, and other mid level south cats are barely doing a mill in sales.what is the difference of their sales versus fab,jada,lloyd banks.really.plus why when we do have the biggest rap acts you cock suckers act like naw they world wide like 50 or hov.well nelly and luda and outkast are worldwide so who besides them are pushing mad units.just like people will say who besides 50 or hov (and hov is officialy retired) is selling units in ny.now ny has indeed fallen off but by no means is the south any better.ny is the city that hates itself.we don’t put no one on in the game that is hungry.we are driven by ego.icons like big boi and lil jon seem to do joints with anyone they vibe with while east coast cats try to hold each other down.plus i love lyrical content but the south don’t be consume by that shit.i mean yeah lil wayne,ti,face,maybe weezy are lyrical but look how many south cats that are put on (not hating) that has no lyrical content.the south could care less about lyrics.so they make more radio friendly songs so ny cats need to understand that.it goes both ways but ny need to look themselves in the mirror and make some bangers and remember we started this shit and the stakes are always higher for us than others.lil wayne is killing the scene now,been out for years but honestly in a span of releasing a album with promotion have he sold more records than mase,dmx or even ja rule.be honest now.the south is cool for the clubs where us ny cats no matter what location control the scene with the big booty hoes but when we chilling kicking back we kicking that nas,papoose,BIG,hov,kiss,fab shit to the fullest.

  • Ali

    eyoo son. Fuk The Army. they little bitches. they nothin but pussys. ill rip thru them niggas like butter