A Changing Of The Guard

By the time you read this I’ll be down South once again, trading in the crappy, wet weather of New York for the sunny breeze of both Ft. Lauderdale and Miami. While I do feel a bit of excitement to be in something warmer than 50 degrees in October (I miss California in the winter), I’m still not a fan of the airport and it’s quasi-slavery-era security process. On top of that, I’m always at risk to be “randomly selected for additional screening” because of my full, Nigerian name.

You have one guy ethering his balls while trying to blow up a plane headed to Detroit – Detroit, of all places! – and all of the sudden you the entire TSA is on your back. Good grief.

In any case, I’m headed to Florida – home to the South’s resident loudmouth DJ Khaled – to ironically work two separate shows spotlighting both California and New York artists. It finally seems that, after years of Southern rap having a triangle chokehold on the hip hop scene for damn near the entire Aughts, the musical landscape is slowly but surely returning to a nationwide appeal, with many artists from the West, Mid-West and New York – New York, of all places! – getting shine. Whereas before we either had to wait on a guaranteed million-seller like Jay-Z or, to a lesser extent, another delusional boast from Dr. Dre about releasing Detox (I honestly don’t think it exists, much like the jackelope or a good anything from Memphis Bleek), the likes of Pac Div, Vado and even Lloyd Banks have been doing a damn good job of reminding us that not all rap has to have either Death Row or Roc-A-Fella roots.

New York artists have finally gotten past that silly “bring real hip hop back” notion [1] and are actually beginning to work with those from the very region they once blamed for the death of rap: the South. Ass-backward boasts of being the next Biggie Smalls aside, Rick Ross can be seen along the likes of Jay-Z, while the current loudmouth king Swizz Beatz has, in between breeding with Alicia Keys, gone bicoastal as well, working with Gucci Mane (I actually fucks with that “Gucci Time” instrumental, if not the entire song).

As a result, the music has been a lot better. Years ago we would have never thought that Curren$y would work with the likes of 90s hip hop renaissance man Ski Beatz, and we likely would have had to rely on Game to drop an album just to keep the West Coast relevant. I don’t know what this exactly means, and if this trend will continue of fade into obscurity like all rap fads, but I’m going to enjoy the ride while it lasts.

[1] The only people you see say that now are those that flood the c-section of your favorite music site. And since we all know they don’t support rap in any kind of financial manner, we can take those flaccid boasts with a grain of salt.

  • http://www.bboycult.com Don mcCaine

    “New York artists have finally gotten past that silly “bring real hip hop back” notion [1] and are actually beginning to work with those from the very region they once blamed for the death of rap: the South”

    ^ Everybody knows that Swizz is riding the wave. A lot of rappers have done it. Jay been doing it with Juvie, Ross, Jeezy, Missy, UGK.

    Game & Nas been dropping cuts. Same with Game & The Dips. He was G-Unit remember? In NY? Wayne & Juelz? Isn’t one of them Young Money dudes Vado’s former rap partner?

    Even Puff had Eightball & MJG. Outkast & Rae had that banging song.

    Cats BEEN rolling with each other from all sides of the continent. You just one of them dudes who drank the media hype kool-aid with that “South Runs Hip Hop” bullsh^t.

    Raise you rap BI IQ homie, it’s looking anorexic fam.

    • Sha

      Co-sign $yk…..

      The beef was manufactured by the media. Real cats know that there has never truly been a “Real Beef”.

  • 2wackhoes

    i love how this guy and shake think theyare the shit and now that bloggers are a penny a dozen hes trying to be “in the real world”

    stay blogging cuz if we look up facts i dont think meka and shake have financially supported anything. they stole their connects from HHDX and now they are the only ones from NMC who doesnt provide content, they just take it from rest of NMC.

    fuck shake and meka

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  • AllProSco

    Applause, I’ll certainly enjoy it while it lasts as well…another popular trend is bucking old beefs and extending an olive branch on your album or mixtape. From Dipset to G-Unit to Kanye everyone is mending old beefs.

    Oh and to the c-section bit…word.

  • John Cochran

    I guess we’re just talking about commercial hiphop right? Becuase there’s been plenty of bicoastal collabos. And did we forget that Swizz beatz got his style from down south? When everything from New York was sample driven, he came out with keyboard sounds and hyped up chant hooks, which the south was known more for. This aint nothing new, it’s just the media is always late for shit.

  • RealSouthMane

    Anyway…folks need to quit it. Its no beef plus anyway…the East would NEVER diss the South on a wide platform. That would be the death of East.

    Yes, I SAID IT. A nigga would never tour below the Mason-Dixon again but that’s besides the point.

    The West & the South BEEN getting it in for years so its no problem over there.

    I just believe that NYC thinks that some WAVE is coming back to them and that’s NEVER GONNA HAPPEN.

    Hip Hop is GLOBAL. You have to think on a worldwide scale now…especially when you got Drake winning and he’s from Canada.

    And the South is what the South is. Rappers from the South can tour in the South & EAT in the South. I really can’t say that about any other side really as a whole.

    But I digress…

  • http://www.emcdl.com EmCDL

    Meka, you late fam…SMH

  • 44

    HELL FUCKIN NO

    IF YOU FROM NY AND U WORKIN WITH SOUTH NIGGAS THEN U SOLD THE FUCK OUT NIGGA POINT BLANK PERIOD

    SHIT I ONLY BARELY AND FUCK NIGGA I MEAN BARRRRELY TOLERATE BROKE ASS WEST COAST NIGGAS BUT ONLY WHEN THEY SHUT DA FUCK UP N KNOW THERE PLACE

    NIGGA NY IS THE BIRTHPLACE OF THIS RAP SHIT AND YALL FAGGOT NIGGAS NEED TO NEVER IN YO FUCKIN LIFE FORGET IT BITCH

    WITHOUT US YALL WOULDNT HAVE SHIT

    NOT A THING

    FUCK YALL ITS NY NIGGA BROOKLYN ALL DAY BITCHES

    • 44

      1 LAST THING FUCK EVERY LAST 1 A YALL

      • Anonymous

        coming from a lil’ baby boy who don’t know sh@t about da game westcoast ni@@az get indie loot BK ni@@az been fuckin wit da west since Kane u sound like u ain’t neva left BK smart ni@@az make connekts dumb ni@@az burn bridges mysonne out in da west foldin paper clown n ima bed stuy ni@@a reevaluate ur life n f u 2

        • TAKE DA BURNA 2 YO HEDDDD

          nigga shut the fuck up u gay as hell

  • Dr. Dre

    Damn bitches!

  • pharoethegreatest

    @44 you can go on somewhere with that corny blasphemy you speaking. Trying to spark up controversy ass nicca. U probably aint even from NY, ole secret service ass nicca tryin to keep folks at each others throats. Vamoose cuz.

    Aint nobody studyin that blaspheme you speak. Folks collabin and stackin chips, let niccas live and quit hatin lame.

    • SellCokeToChildren

      You dumb faggot hurt yourself immediately.

    • Anonymous

      speak dat real pharoe

  • Dub

    Hell, the actual artists never had problems, it was just the dumbass fans… Think this new movement of weed smokin and boutique shoppin is bringing regions from the dead. But as long as niggas got big speakers the South will be relevant

    • church

      nigga the south is just a bunch a dumb coons snappin n poppin

      ocasionaly them niggas get lucky n 1 of em can kinda rap

      but straight up there absolute best is full on mediocre compared to east coast niggas

      • jhgkh

        bitch u’d get murdered down hear

  • ola

    Didnt Know he Was Nigerian igbo i presume

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