The state of New York Hip Hop has been endlessly debated over the last several years. The conversation came to the forefront this year after Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse and Trinidad James’ “the South runs New York” comments.
Veteran rap group The Lox came back on the music scene this month with their Trinity EP, and the Yonkers natives gave their opinion about where NYC rap is at the moment. Jadakiss, Styles P, and Sheek Louch shout out Fabolous, Troy Ave, Mack Wilds, and Joey Bada$$ as some of the New York talent holding it down for the city.
“New York is feeling great right now,” Jadakiss tells Hot 97. “It’s beautiful. It’s a lot of things going right.”
The discussion eventually led to accusations that the radio station’s program director Ebro Darden is one of the main reasons New York Hip Hop fell off.
“Y’all do play all south music though,” Styles tells Ebro. “You the program director so you gotta take in on the chin.”
Styles points out that Hot 97 had not been supporting a lot of the young New Yorkers like Action Bronson, Troy Ave, and Joey Bada$$. He and Kiss also admit it is not just radio’s fault for the fall of New York Hip Hop. The artists, DJs, and clubs from the city take partial blame for losing the NYC sound.