West Coast rap veteran Xzibit recently said it is vital for West Coast pioneers to hand the torch to newcomers.
According to X, rap vets like himself should show respect to up-and-coming artists trying to make a name for themselves.
“I feel like if more of us held down more of our own, it would generate and circulate throughout the whole coast. We’d have a vibrate f***in’ scene here,” X said in an interview. “How did I get on? What happens if King Tee wouldn’t have come through and been like ‘Hey man, not only can you drink 40s, you can rap’ (laughs). King Tee came through and gave me a shot, and Tha Alkaholiks a shot. It’s gotta start somewhere. It gotta start somewhere. I think f***in’ with these dudes, they gonna be representatives of where we at.” (Baller Status)
Last week, Ice Cube inked a blog post speaking on West Coast newcomers.
“What’s up with these local MC’s in L.A. who keep disrespecting me? They’re just mad cause I don’t f*ck with they wack-a**,” he wrote. “They ain’t on my level, why should I waste my time. I don’t even remember ever meeting these clowns or even being in the same room with any of ‘em. They can’t make a name for themselves so they need help from the O/G’s. I refuse the throw’em a life line. F*ck’em. It ain’t my job to make nobody famous. And for the record, I ain’t scared of no n*gga. Especially, no rappers….seriously people.” (Ice Cube’s Blog)
This later sparked a reaction from California rapper Jay Rock who felt the posting may have been a diss toward him.
“WATTS UP WIT ICE CUBE TALKIN KRAZY ABOUT NEW WEST N*GGAS.IF HE GOT A PROB WIT 1 OF US HE SHUD SAY R NAME N STOP BN SCARED 2 CALL A N*GGA OUT,” Rock wrote Wednesday night. “What’s up with these local MC’s in L.A. who keep disrespecting me? They’re just mad cause I don’t f**k with they wack-a**. -ice cube They ain’t on my level, why should I waste my time. I don’t even remember ever meeting these clowns -ice cube (cont) … ON SOME REAL STUFF I AINT NEVER HAD A PROBLEM WITH CUBE OR NONE OF THE OG N*GGAS. BUT IF HE SAY NEW WEST IM APART OF THAT (CONT) TO ME HE TALKIN BOUT ALL OF US IF HE DIDNT SAY A NAME. THATS HOW THE WEST GOT F*CKED UP IN THE FIRST PLACE.(CONT) YALL KNOW AINT NO N*GGA STAMPED ME. I DONT NEED NO N*GGA. ALL I NEED IS A MIC MY HOOD MY FANS AND THIS BIG A** GUN THIS AINT THE 1ST TIME LIL SH*T HAS BEEN SAID THIS IS THE 3RD TIME. I SIT BACK AND WATCH EVERYTHING N*GGAS BE SAYING AND DOIN.” (Jay Rock’s Twitter)
West Coast emcee Crooked I previously spoke on the lack of fellow artists lending support to younger rap generations.
“You’ve got all these people on the West Coast,” he explained. “The ‘Men’ stands for ‘mentality': No country for this old mentality. We don’t want to deal with this mentality that says we can’t like each other, we can’t unify…After this stuff, man, I’ve been really thinking. That [album is] cool. That’s something that needs to be said. But right now … I’ve been in these [life-threatening] situations before…My focus now is if Ice Cube, Snoop, Dre, none of them dudes wanna reach down and help the new dudes, that’s fine. Maybe I’ll call them and have a healthy conversation about it and move on. I’m not in that zone no more. I want to leave a body of work behind that matches a Biggie or Pac.” (MTV)
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