Atlanta rapper Shawn Jay recently offered his take on the state of Georgia rap and argued local artists are not making true hip-hop.
In Shawn Jay’s opinion, there is an extreme lack of hip-hop music coming out of the Peach State.
“I don’t consider a lot of Georgia music hip-hop,” Shawn said in an interview. “I know a lot of y’all are going to get mad at me for saying that but I do not consider [it hip-hop]. I consider music like, you got your jingles, you got your swag rap, you got your ‘Hey, I’m futuristic, I wear tight jeans’ rap. When I say hip-hop, I generally look at, I mean, that’s not even a word I use. But when I hear it, I think of a rapper and in this day and age, I just use Georgia because that’s where I’m from. Being able to rap is like you get talked about. ‘I ain’t a rapper, I’m a trapper,’ whatever you be saying, but, hip-hop, to me, is talent. Hip-hop to me would be five mics. Hip-hop, to me, would be Biggie, ‘I Got A Story To Tell,’ or Nas rapping a song backwards. That’s hip-hop to me, that’s creative.” (DJ Smallz)
The Field Mob member also noted key Atlanta rap stars he heavily co-signs.
“Right now Georgia’s running music,” he added. “Now we got our own ciphers of music in Georgia. I’m not able to just say a name for it. I don’t categorize or label but shout-out to people like — Rich Homie. Lil’ n*gga, I f*ck with you. I like Future — 2 Chainz, that’s my n*gga. Shout-out Dolla Boy too, Playaz Circle. There’s a lot of people in Georgia who I f*cks with. [Waka] Flocka. He’s got his own brand of music. … The state of Georgia music, I don’t know if we do hip-hop. I d*mn sure do, sometimes. But I’m more so a studen of UGK alumni, I make country rap tunes.” (DJ Smallz)
Last year, Atlanta’s T.I. spoke out on rap beefs ultimately killing the New York hip-hop scene.
“I was really working on trying to resolve all beefs in the town. I was working on trying to get everybody to sit down at the same table. Whether you like each other or not at least have a respect, a mutual respect for one another to where ya’ll can be in the same buildings and we can work on the same records,” Tip said in an interview. “And right now it’s like everybody wanna be the man. That’s what it is, that’s really what it is in the town. Everybody wanna be the man and if they ain’t the man then they looking at who is the man and trying to figure out how to take his spot. And that is what killed the scene in New York.” (“Nite Cap W/ Peter Bailey”)
Recently, music veteran Flavor Flav singled out a few key rap icons when asked about today’s rap scene.
He continued: “Rap music has lost that element right now, mainly over in America. There’s not to many great hip hop records out there, but there are some great rap records. L’il Wayne is making some great rap records, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Ludacris, Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent, Snoop – everybody is making great rap records, but it’s not hip hop.” (Gigwise)
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