> "Which has given way to an unlikely renaissance in once-crumbling empires like New York and California. Throughout the country, we're seeing rappers who dare to amend the rules as hip-hop evolves past the insular aesthetic that propelled Southern MCs to the top of the charts. In New York, the streets are abuzz thanks to Skyzoo, Cory Gunz, Mickey Factz, and eloquent pothead Smoke DZA; in Los Angeles, the Odd Future's uncompromised performance art has won the group a vast cult following, while Kendrick Lamar is redefining what it means to be a rapper from Compton."
Really? No, seriously: really??! You honestly believe this?
Sounds like the point of view of someone whose worldview is entirely shaped by what's going on in the blogosphere.
I'm pretty sure if I stopped the average hip hop fan in NY and asked them who Skyzoo was, they'd have no idea. I heard people saying as much at last summer's Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, which is pretty much ground zero for acts like him, and if anything his star's gone down since then....
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