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Posted on 11/16/2011 10:45:51 PM PST by nickcarraway
ASAP Rocky and the goofball new school of New York hip-hop.
Last week, Harlem-bred ASAP Rocky, 23, who recently signed a record deal with the Sony-RCA subsidiary Polo Grounds worth a reported $3 million, released his mix tape LiveLoveASAP. Hes part of a small but influential roster of New York City hip-hop artists who are pushing boundaries, not only in terms of what they wear and eat but also what influences they let in their music.
Since the mid-nineties, a certain strain of hood-glam rap has been perfected in New York: Guys like DJ Premier constructed unflinching beats that made you want to whip through Brooklyn nodding meaningfully to dudes hanging out on corners. Guys like Nas rapped about Bullet holes left in my peepholes and made you want to check the front door. This marriage of sound and content worked so well that many local rappers have stuck to it rigorously. The problem is that honoring the way things have always been done has invited a certain uninnovative fundamentalism. On the intro to his 2007 track Hip-Hop, Brooklyns Joell Ortiz summed up the insular mentality of the citys rap revanchists: This is hip-hop, he spits out. This is Carhartt jackets. Timberland boots, unlaced. This is Champion hoodies. Chicken wings and French fries. RIP pieces on the handball courts.
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I want to make this perfectly clear: I am not in any way affiliated with ASAP Rocky.