News: "We Don't Have A Balance In The Industry. I'm Not Claiming To Be The Mad Rapper Neither" [Video]

Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 9:17AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

EPMD's Erick Sermon recently reflected on the state of hip-hop and offered his take on what is ultimately setting the rap game back.

In the Green Eyed Bandit's perspective, hip-hop is sorely lacking balance.

"Right now, like I said before, I think that we don't have a balance in the industry," he explained. "I'm not claiming to be the mad rapper neither, I feel like right now we just have one side. You have people like 50 [Cent] and [Lloyd] Banks...and Lupe Fiasco who fought so hard to get that hip-hop to where [they] wanted it to be so [they] can do what [they] wanted to do and [they] won that way...we don't have a balance right now, everything's one sided. All the new hip-hop kids who want to rhyme and the producers who want to make beats -- they feel there's no place for them because no one's picking them up. I feel like there is a lane that needs to be filled up and somebody needs to open their mouths so we can get creativity and balance back in music." (This Is 50)

Last summer, The LOX's Styles P said hip-hop had lost its lyrical edge.

"Lyrics, I represent lyrics," Styles said in an interview. "I think that's a lost art but I think it's coming back around. I think -- I'm talking about the masses. It ain't all about me. I'm just talking lyricism as a whole." (Smash Block TV)

A couple months ago, Bad Boy Records' French Montana talked about the difficulty New York rappers have endured trying to maintain a buzz in recent years.

"It's been so long for a New York artist to really [have an impact] that it seems like there's been a dark cloud over New York and the East Coast," Montana said in an interview. "It's a blessing that me and other East Coast artists are finally getting our shine again. Artists like Meek Mills (who is from Philadelphia), myself...everybody. We just need more support, that's all. A song like 'Shot Caller' is East Coast...it even has the Lords of the Underground sample from "Funky Child." But it's important that we make sure we also make music for everybody else like I did with "Choppa Choppa Down." (VIBE)

Harlem rapper A-Mafia recently spoke to SOHH and said he felt the Big Apple hip-hop scene was underachieving.

"Weak, weak, weak, weak, weak, weak, weak," Mafia told SOHH when asked for his impression on the New York hip-hop scene. W-e-a-k. NYC is weak right now. Period. I don't care who I offend, man. You know why New York is weak right now? They're not doing what they want to do. They're doing what they're dictated to do and when you do stuff like that, it makes your craft weak. Listen man, [they need to] be [themselves] and represent the people that put them in the place they're at in the first place. A lot of these rappers, they neglect the people that put them in the position in the first place. That's when you lose. If the streets put you in position, it's all right to make big records and represent other places and other people, but you gotta always show love to the people that put you in position. You can never neglect the people that put you in position and a lot of these big rappers, that's what they do. They neglect the people that put them in position and then when they fall off, they try to always go back. The big rapper will always try to go back to the people that put them in position but it's too late. That's why I do this for the streets, man." (SOHH)

Check out Erick Sermon's interview below:

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