The LOX‘s Styles P recently shared his thoughts on unity within New York hip-hop and why rappers from the Big Apple are bred to be competitive toward one another.
Styles pointed out some key collaborations which never took place to back up his argument of the lack of New York unity.
“I think unity among New York rappers is cool,” he said in an interview. “I think if you a New York rapper you bred different and me being a follower of New York rap, being a follower of Hip-Hop and real emcee’s I can say that I’ve never really heard Kool G. Rap and Rakim on a song, I never heard Kool G. Rap and KRS on a song, you know it’s a lot of emcee’s I ain’t hear on a song so I think it’s supposed to be competitive in New York. I think it’s bred to be competitive, I’m cool with everybody else but if you ask me who’s the best, my click of course.” (Miss LS)
EDITOR’S NOTE: In 2000, a KRS-One/Kool G. Rap collaboration took place on the song, Class of 87 from The Piece Maker by Tony Touch. In 2005, Kool G. Rap and Rakim were both featured together on G. Dep’s debut album, Child Of The Ghetto on the track I Am.
Last year, New York rapper AZ told SOHH he predicted emcees from the Big Apple would begin uniting.
“Hey listen, I know I’m putting an album out next year so hopefully for 2010, the whole New York vibe will get back where it’s supposed to be,” AZ told SOHH. “You know, and like I said, the bar [will] get raised for hip-hop.” (SOHH)
Cam’ron recently spoke on artists like Jay-Z helping to place New York rap back on the map.
“Jay-Z done made it look real good,” Cam said in an interview. “Jay-Z just sold 530,000 so it’s still looking good. Whenever there’s ever anybody out in New York still doing over half a million in a week, it’s still available. I don’t really f*ck with Jay but I got mad respect for anybody who makes money and anybody who still sells that much records after having a lot of albums out. Jay-Z really definitely did help out New York a lot.” (Hip Hop Beef)
New York rapper Saigon previously discussed the difficulty rappers around his area have with getting recognition.
“All of us got caught up in the emergence of the South movement,” Sai said about the delay of New York rap newcomers. “All of us came on the scene when the South was really makin’ their move to take over. The record companies was like ‘F*ck the New York n*ggas, the South sh*t is where it’s at.’…All labels look at are radio spins really. If you can get a record up to 400, 500 spins on your own, they gonna come give you a record deal right away. They don’t even have to listen to the song, they just need to see how many spins you got. Us from New York, you’re not gonna get 500 spins on your own unless your name is Jay-Z.” (Q The Question)
Check out a past Styles P interview below: