Why aren't there rappers from the Bronx anymore?
July 16, 2012 2:45 PM Subscribe
Can anyone explain the relative paucity of New York rappers from the Bronx, particularly since the form was more or less born in that borough?
posted by kensington314 to Society & Culture (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
It seems true to me that, at least among those who have reached major label or underground prominence, very few rappers come from the Bronx after, say, the early to mid 90s. After BDP I can't really think of anyone other than the Diggin' in the Crates folks, which brings us as late as Fat Joe's career but that's it. I think a few Dipset folks are from there, but that's not many people.
By contrast Brooklyn, Queens, and Harlem have been producing a steady stream of rappers up until now. (I'm not forgetting Staten Island, but Wu-Tang aside it seems like a minor player in this question.)
I don't think this is explained by the genre's shift away from NYC in the last decade or more, since NY rappers outside the Bronx have still become prominent.
Anyone have theories, substantiated or otherwise?
Also, if my premise is actually wrong here, fire away.