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We're back after a one month hiatus with our "5 Reasons Why New York Hip Hop Doesn't Suck" column, highlighting a batch of New York-area entities that we feel are a helpful reminder to those who would like to ignore the Big Apple's current, and future, hip hop greatness

5 Reasons Why New York Hip Hop Doesn’t Suck [October 2010 Edition]

Welcome to another installment of the (mostly) monthly series, “5 Reasons Why New York Hip Hop Doesn’t Suck,” an ongoing look at some obvious, and not-so-obvious positive aspects of NY area rap music universe. It’s a great opportunity for us to help those who might not be aware of some of the subjects of the column discover something new and, hopefully, enjoyable. For the ones in our midst who are already hip to our choices, it’s still a great time to refresh their memory, and provide an opportunity to discuss, comment, and show their support for the artists, events and organizations that we tend to highlight.

A brief apology, as we did not publish this column in September, despite our promise to do so monthly. This is not for a lack of worthy subjects, in fact, quite the opposite, as the growth of our site, and the work behind-the-scenes to bring our operation to the proverbial “next level” while still maintaining consistency, can be a bit overwhelming. However, this is all due to the love and support of our readers and those who spread the word, so it is a problem we are happy to have.

But enough about us. Without further ado, here are five more reasons why New York (and New Jersey, in this case) hip hop doesn’t suck:

CMJ 2010 Music Marathon & Film Festival

CMJ 2010 Music Marathon & Film Festival

Though initially a pilgrimage largely for an indie rock following, the CMJ Music Marathon has expanded to include quite a mix of hip hop events. This year, throughout the festival’s four day run, a full spectrum of hip hop talent was on display at multiple locations throughout the Big Apple. Among several notable events this past week, Ghostface Killah at B.B. King’s, Homeboy Sandman (our inaugural reason why NY hip hop doesn’t suck, along with a dozen or so other NYC hip hop circuit favorites) at Southpaw, a Duck Down/Blacksmith showcase showdown at le possion rouge, the CPP Marketing showcase in a cramped, but enthusiastic National Underground, an Audible Treats event at Sullivan Hall with Black Sheep, Nottz, Rah Digga and many others. All told, New York City hosted visiting acts as well as provided amplified visibility for hometown hip hop heroes to shine, undoubtedly gaining them more than a few new fans this week.

FinaL OutlaW

FinaL OutlaW

We’re sure that we’re not the first, but let us state for the record, that we sincerely cosign FinaL OutlaW, and expect great things for this dynamic talent. Having built up a strong following in the New York City underground hip hop scene in recent years, his upcoming album Unstoppable Love is becoming a highly anticipated release with those who are in the know regarding who’s bubbling in the scene. In fact, a look/listen to his acclaimed “Hip Hop 4ever,” still remains a perfect demonstration of FinaL OutlaW’s potential in the rap world, while newer material such as “Up N Comer” shows why he might not be considered one much longer. We just saw him absolutely silence a noisy room with a single, furious display of acapella fire, walking away leaving the crowd stunned, wanting more. His skillful lyricism, impassioned delivery, strong freestyle ability, sense of humor, strong work ethic and an obvious blend of street smarts and intellect, should place FinaL OutlaW at the top of any “MCs to watch” list from the New York area.

Kalae All Day - Photo by JustBPhotos

Kalae All Day

We have featured Kalae All Day on a couple of occasions, her O.G.LYRIKALBOOKBAGGER serving us an early taste of her talent, and enjoyed several tracks from her debut full-length project, *AFROMATIKNEOHIPPIEROCK*SOLEMUZIK*. We once called her “…the eccentric, heat-spitting, statuesque songstress,” and the description remains true, as witnessing her live performance, backed by Turnstylz at the Black August Hip Hop Concert, was truly an exhibition in dopeness. Her fierce command on stage as bright as her beaming smile off, we feel that the self-proclaimed “love child of Jimi Hendrix and Lauryn Hill” is star quality, personified. [Photo: JustBPhotos]

Lloyd Banks

Lloyd Banks

Initially simply a G-Unit wingman for 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks has seen his fan base increase exponentially over the years, and has been thrust into the spotlight of the mainstream thanks in part to the explosive success of “Beamer, Benz or Bentley“. In the past couple of months, the run-up to his album The Hunger For More 2, scheduled for a November 23 release, has seen Lloyd Banks releasing a song a week, with no major missteps. He’s A-list, puts on an energetic show, is well connected, and highly visible, as he is visiting the major market and satellite radio shows, national TV shows (including 106 and Park and Chelsea Lately), and is the subject of constant chatter in the blogosphere. In the mainstream rap scene among those tough-guy rap types who spit that grimy, money, rap star talk, Lloyd Banks is currently cruising along, and could enjoy a bit of a run at the front of that pack. (To get an in-depth look inside the mind of Lloyd Banks as he prepares his release, check out his interview with HipHopDX, Lloyd Banks: Second Round KO.)

Joe Budden

Joe Budden

There is not much more to be said about Joe Budden than we haven’t already said. Like, you know, when we said, “God Damn You, Joe Budden”… and then “Stop Fronting on Joe Budden”… and most recently “…buy Joe Budden’s shit.” In a world where there is a thin line between support and Stan, we suppose we have to be careful about how loudly we proclaim our endorsement, but we have always felt that Joe Budden’s underratedness was a hip hop tragedy of Shakespearean proportion. Luckily, we seem to have been vindicated in our claims by a flurry of dope material from the Jersey representative, and what is shaping up to be a critically acclaimed Mood Muzik 4: A Turn For The Worst. We continue to urge our audience to support Joe Budden, as a successful foray in a music business that has not always been kind to him, is long overdue.

About Manny Faces

Manny Faces is renowned among the industry and to the public as a producer, remixer, DJ, radio personality and an award-winning, new media journalism professional. Through MP3, vinyl and CD releases, his remixed versions of popular songs have appeared on radio, mixtapes and in clubs throughout the world while his latest endeavors, Birthplace Magazine and weekly online radio program, The NY Hip Hop Report, are being recognized as the premier information sources for New York area hip hop.

27 comments

  1. I’m born and bred in the birthplace of HipHop, The Boogie Down Bronx! Final Outlaw is from the same tradition for hot New York MC’s that bring lyrics, lyrics and more lyrics! If you want to know what reall Hip Hop is not that commerial junk, you have to check for Fianl Outlaw. He’s the real deal.

  2. im a west sider but i gotta admit i love east coast rappers cause they keep it real,
    they aint afraid to speak the truth and spread knowledge with their lyrics.
    HIP-HOP started in new york and i really appreciate the east cost for that and all the rappers that really made me say thats real HIP-HOP are all from the east, such as my homie Final Outlaw, Immortal Technique, KRS ONE, 50 cent, Diabolic and the Jedi Mind Tricks.
    HIP-HOP FOR EVER.

  3. This article was well written and factual. I reside in Las Vegas and have had the pleasure to see Outlaw destroy a set. It’s no surprise, with his skill and dedication, that he’s taken his game to the next level. A gifted emcee, who deserves and demands a great amount of respect. Props to everyone who takes notice. Peace and Bless.
    .,CAStLE,.

  4. Charlie aka Phobicsilver

    Final Outlaw is probably one of the best MCs Ive heard in years and you have to see this guy perform, his energy is unforgettable, his signature double mic raps make his performance mean so much more. Ive only anticipated 2 albums this year and that was Homeboy Sandman’s “Good Sun” and Final Outlaw’s “Unstoppable Love” and I suggest you all go cop Outlaw’s “We’re all gonna die” before the new one drops, its worth it.

  5. Urban Voices Heard Bx

    Final OutLaw is dope! Great article can’t wait for the album to drop!

  6. I’m glad to see so many people f*ck wit Final Outlaw dude is a beast. way more creative than most rappers.

  7. HiZ-PaniK(NotDaRace)

    I know Final OutLaw personally. The brother is a very creative artist. A very ill line dropper. A real Hip-Hop M.C. Big UP’s.

  8. This is such a great look! shouts to Final Outlaw! One of the illest and humblest emcees in NYC these days! very very powerful artist!

  9. Final Outlaws the best!!

  10. Hip Hop is a voice, and attitude, a way of being oneself, a culture, a nation within a nation, a movement, an awakening, a bloodline that flows through those who have been tainted with the hood. No Hip Hop ain’t dead brother, it’s just beginning to express.
    You are a good reason why Hip Hop doesn’t suck …Outlaw.
    Peace

  11. Final outlaw is that dude.

  12. yes i mosdef agree with this article above especially since i personally got to see one of the artist destroy the stage with lyrics and that was final outlaw

  13. FINAL OUTLAW is an excellent choice!
    I was lucky to have him on my talk show – “NO OFFENSE BUT…” with ANTHONY and EILEEN. Check out the clip on YouTube:

    Peace, Love and Sunshine!

  14. The last time I checked, hip-hop in NYC was not dead because I would have surely been at its funeral. And though I was not there for it’s birth, as one of it’s grandchildren, I have followed its legacy in using its construction as a catalyst and outlet in which to express myself, and world. However, unlike the time period it originated in, the purpose and communal need for hip-hop has altered. The issues that hip hop artist once faced are no longer the same issues newer artist are being challenged with. For artist like Rakim, MC Lyte, Kool DJ Herc, KRS-One, rap was a way to express and expose their lyrical talent as well as give a voice to the voiceless. They did it because they were passionate about it and there was a need for individuals to speak out against oppression, police brutality, sexism and racism. Today, artist like 50 cent, Jadakiss, Jay –Z, Juelz Santana etc, have found the business aspect to it and therefore have repetitively made that the subject lines of their songs in order to profit off of it. I am not saying, they aren’t passionate about it but I do think if they weren’t rich in it, they would find something else to be passionate about. Today, hip-hop is a business and like racism it is not dead but hidden, where the artist who are passionate about their craft get buried underground, literally and those who state their profitable business on air get played most often, after all money demands respect in just about every country. In the end, as New York is the place that never sleeps, I do not believe that it will ever get the opportunity to sleep eternally as long as Hip-hop is it’s home and it’s children are constantly being birthed and influenced by it’s parents.

    • Well said, and a great point about how certain mainstream artists/businesspeople might find other means to make money if rap was not a profitable enough option. As for New York hip hop, we agree of course, that it has not “died,” nor ever will and in fact, see a progressive wave of hip hop artistry coming to fruition as we predicted almost two years ago that we think, thanks in part to the evolution of the music business, will allow many more creative individuals a chance to rise from the depths of the NYC hip hop scene.

    • You’ve made some indelible points that will stay with me long after I forget this post. Rap music, the commercialized business model that passes for Hip-Hop has the upper hand because it doesn’t demand any heavy lifting. Culture demands that a challenge is always met, ideas questioned and boundaries redefined.

  15. ITS ALWAYS GOOD TO SEE REAL HIP HOP STILL REIGNS IN THE HEART OF REAL HIP HOP HEADS…FINAL OUTLAW ALREADY MADE IT CLEAR THAT THIS IS HIP HOP AND HIP HOP LASTS FOREVER….MAD SHOUTS TO FINAL, LSAV, AND STREET NATIVE….1

  16. Los DA Savage Prophet

    Fina Outlaw is a lyrical beast!!!!!!!!1 That’s whats good that y’all giving him his shine on this article. It was nicely written and Buddens is an animal, too.

  17. we need new york reel hip hop back on the radio.

    • That is part of the problem, yes, but those who want more authentic “New York” hip hop, simply have to look a little harder, instead of worrying about what is or isn’t on national-corporate-controlled radio.

  18. Yo… This just keeps getting better!

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