Young New York rappers like A$AP Rocky and his A$AP Mob collective tout a brand of hip-hop that hews more closely in style and substance to Southern rap than most of their predecessors on the East Coast. It makes it easy to forget how strained relations between the regions have been at various points in rap history.
If it seems like there was always a steady line of communication between Southern, West Coast and Midwest artists, that's an illusion of hindsight. Relations between the South and the East could be cold at times, with some New York hip-hop luminaries having gone as far as categorically denouncing all Southern rap.
That doesn’t mean there aren’t exceptions, though. Some artists used their work to break down barriers, cross-pollinate audiences, and create hip-hop history. Jay-Z was taking Timbaland beats when New York thought it was too slick for the bounce, and artists like Nas have been quick to extend the olive branch to their Third Coast compatriots.
Here are The 25 Best Dirty South/New York Rap Collaborations of All Time, from improbable rapper team-ups to unexpected rapper/producer collaborations.
Written by Craig Jenkins (@CraigSJ)
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