Before there was a MF Doom, there was Kool Keith – the father of the off-beat style is 32 albums deep – way more than Jay-Z & LL Cool J combined. You may write of Kool Keith as a weirdo but you have to give him credit for some of his futuristic insight on why rap music in NYC is stuck…

"…NY is just stuck right now. A lot of the head officials and some of the DJs are not open and more flexible to play E-40, Too $hort, or Yukmouth. You never hear Brother Lynch Hung…NY just plays people when they are hot only. Like, when Outkast started, they never played their records until they were hot….They jump on it too late…They stuck in time…" (source)


"You go to a club and they still play Frankie Beverly’s "Before I Let Go." They can’t let a record go. It’s a proven fact that they just been stuck in time. They have a lot of regional artists that people just don’t know anywhere else…That’s how broad their thinking is. It’s just somebody who’s hot around the midtown area." (source)


He hit the nail right on the head – three years ago. NYC is stuck in time. Notice how the most highly anticipated albums for 2006 are by rappers who have been making records for 10 years plus and in their early to mid-30’s.

  • Busta Rhymes
  • Cam’ron
  • D-Block
  • Ghostface
  • LL Cool J (never highly anticipated)
  • Ma$e
  • Mobb Deep
  • M.O.P.
  • Nas
  • Raekwon (not highly anticipated)

I’m not saying "old rappers move on" but are there just no hungry high school drop outs eager to get on the mic? Where is that next LL Cool J to usher out Kool Moe Dee? It’s time to find some new blood.

NYC needs a serious new Gameplan. So far plan A doesn’t look like much.