CNN‘s N.O.R.E has publicly paid homage to Lloyd Banks and Juelz Santana for their “Beamer, Benz or Bentley” anthem helping re-spark the East Coast’s sound.
In addition to Banks and Juelz, Noreaga also gave props to Fabolous for the recent release of his There Is No Competition 2 mixtape.
“A new artist from the East Coast or an older artist from the East Coast comes out and he gets light support as opposed to when these other guys come out, their music is all over our town and then you got your artists that travel to their communities, and they never hear they records,” NORE told radio personality Jenny Boom Boom. “As far as the East coming back, I feel like we really never went anywhere, it’s just that the content of hip-hop wasn’t that much relevant. People wanted to dance and now people are so tired of dancing and they so tired of wearing white tees, now it’s just time for us to say you know what, it’s time to get back to what it’s originally made of. I salute Fabolous, he had a great year…I like what he did for the town, I like his new mixtape. Lloyd Banks with Juelz Santana, that’s a good look for the city, I salute that.” (“Jenny Boom Boom TV”)
Nore’s sidekick, Capone, recently said emcees from the Big Apple should attempt to collaborate more often.
“You know, it’s good for New York right now. Because if we can do it, a lot of other people can do it, man,” ‘pone said in an interview. “You never know, New York could just make one super group, you know what I’m saying? We just need to come together. And I think by IceH2O/Thugged-Out/Militainment coming together, that just shows that no matter how big of an artist you are, you can always merge with other big artists and make magic. And that’s what we’re doing, making magic.” (Hip Hop DX)
Last month, New Jersey rapper Joe Budden gave Twitter suggestions on how New York rap could make a return.
“i really liked Loon btw…. he needs to come back,” Joey wrote early Tuesday (February 23) morning. “& call me crazy, but Juelz [Santana], Jimmy [Jones] & Cam can bring New York back… I really believe that. The lox back on a major could bring NY back too…. A Rae & Ghost album… More $ behind Kiss… i’m tellin y’all, i know how 2 fix this sh*t !” (Joe Budden’s Twitter)
Artists like 50 Cent have vowed to unite artists from the Big Apple with events including last October’s This Is 50 Fest concert.
“I wanted to make a festival that didn’t necessarily have to have an artist [who has a] single in rotation at the time,” 50 explained in an interview last fall. “That doesn’t directly reflect good hip-hop. It reflects marketing dollars spent by the major corporations, the companies. Tonight we have everybody that means something to us musically in one spot. When I bring Cory Gunz, Trav, Maino…Now we got Jadakiss out here. This is real! Tell me anywhere else you can go where you can see everybody. It represents different portions of hip-hop. You got the Lox, the new young gunners Cory Gunz, Trav, Maino. Jimmy [Jones] and Juelz [Santana] coming. They say New York City, we don’t actually get along, that’s not true. We could work together and get more money than we can get apart, and they gonna see us do it in the future.” (MTV)
Check out N.O.R.E.’s interview below: