After Redman recently made a public cry for New Jersey-bred rappers to rep their home state on the microphone, Garden State emcee Lady Luck gives SOHH her response to the Doc’s call.
From Luck’s perspective, established Jersey artists aren’t helping New Jersey emcees get put on.
“He’s a sucka,” Luck told SOHH, referring to Redman’s desire for New Jersey rappers to emerge to the hip-hop forefront. “He’s a sucka for saying that, man. Yes he could [help other NJ rappers]. I don’t know what Doc has [ever] done. You know what I’m saying? And like, I feel whoever’s had the platform, they didn’t really do nothing. You know what I’m saying? And I say that freely because you could look at what Lil Wayne did, [he] ran with artists. You could look at how many people ran with different artists and put people on. Nelly put his people on and they’re not trying to really do that out here [in New Jersey]. I don’t see them reaching out to people and doing freestyles.” (SOHH)
Lady also spoke on the rising talent coming out of the Newark, New Jersey area.
“If y’all can’t do it y’all selves, that boy Arsenal is a battle rapper and he got everybody to do [a] cipher,” Luck added. “Both of them [Redman and Joe Budden] were invited. I don’t know where Joe was, he must have been out of town. I hit Doc up three or four times. Texting him, we hitting him on the Twitter, so I mean, if it’s no support from y’all, of course nobody can’t do anything because nobody is supporting the people at the bottom. I just want to make music. Me being out here in Newark, I know there’s a lot of kids that’s making a lot of buzz. First off all, Jersey, I think we have a lot of amazing artists. Not even people who are just hot and can get on the microphone and spit. Nah, I’ve met so many people who can sing, play the guitar, the drums, the piano, dance groups and rap groups — I respect that. This year is all about everybody. I got an [all-female] album coming out, I’m cool with every female so [I’m] getting verses, hooks, songs done. People have been real receptive and helping me get it done.” (SOHH)
In late December, Red discussed his perception of the state of New Jersey rap.
“I tell everybody in the interviews, it’s still a lot of room for Jersey cats,” Redman said in an interview when asked about the presence of prominent Jersey emcees. “I know Joe Budden is holding it down. But we need more. Me and him just can’t do it on our own. It’s so much talent out there. You got Ransom out there, he’s coming up. He’s been hitting hard, he just needs that one to get up there to say ‘All right, he’s official. He’s Jersey.’ My nephew’s next, he been putting in mad work. I’m building him as an artist though. I had him on the road with me for like five years, so he’s well in-tuned with how to be an artist. He’s well in-tuned to how to perform, go out and service the crowd and rock the mic, and he’s ready. So I’m telling all my Jersey cats, like, I see a lot of cats out there that’s coming — We need something to solidify, ‘This is how Jersey runs. We got our own anthem. When sh*t is going down over here, I know we’re five minutes from New York but we’re still in our own world.'” (Good Fella Radio Show)
New Jersey native Rah Digga recently talked to SOHH about hip-hop’s weaknesses.
“I think the females and everyone out just needs to keep making their music and bring it back to the basics,” Rah explained to SOHH. “A big problem with not just females but artists in general is that they think they have to make some kind of grand stand re-entrance or they have to put on some crazy production or something to make it in the industry when the answer is real simple and plain, take it back to basics.” (SOHH)
Check out Redman speaking on the lack of New Jersey rappers below: