New York & The South
Wiki: “When we first talked, what caught my attention was because he was like, ‘You sound like you’re from New York.’ There’s plenty of rappers that are from New York that don’t sound like it. I feel like because of the Internet and all that, it’s so easy.
Harlem is built of off Southern Blacks coming up to Harlem. It’s like Southern culture, churches on every other block and soul food.
“Like a dude that’s in the middle of America—I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with that dude, and this is good things and bad things—they can sound exactly like a New York rapper, they don’t have to be from New York. They can dress exactly like some dude from New York. There used to be more distinct styles.
“That’s dope because now some dude who isn’t from L.A., or New York, or one of these cities, can get put on because he’s talented as fuck. But also, it takes something away. New York rappers don’t sound as authentic to their city.”
“I’m not this dude that’s like, ‘Yeah, underground all the way.’ I fuck with A$AP. I was in an argument with someone a while ago about A$AP. Someone was saying, ‘Well, A$AP doesn’t sound like he’s a New Yorker or he’s from New York.’ And I was like, ‘Nah, that’s not true.’ And then I just went back and forth but then I flipped it on him O.D.
“I was like, ‘Yo, think about Harlem. Harlem is built of off Southern Blacks coming up to Harlem. It’s like Southern culture, churches on every other block and soul food. It’s like Southern culture in New York. And the fact that he’s taking popular Southern music and making that some New York shit, is some next shit.’”