Decline of East Coast hip hop and video games
In my My Top 15/20 of 2005 list, I lamented how there was little hip hop that I enjoyed this year and that I didn't like Little Brother as much as I wanted to.
And I have to ask the question - is East Coast hip hop, specifically the New York scene, dead? Or at least in a prolonged state of lull? The answer is "Yeah, probably" if 50 Cent is the reigning King of New York while Fat Joe and Ja Rule contend for the throne?
Then I was listening to samples off 2K6: The Tracks over on iTunes and thought "This shit isn't half bad." It's the old boom-bap, the Jeep shaking bass that wouldn't sound out of place in the summer of '95.
But isn't it a little silly to get excited over a video game soundtrack of all things? Is there no 2005 equivalent of Illmatic or Midnight Marauders or The Infamous or Illadelph Halflife, all the great albums that seemed to pop up every couple of weeks 10 years ago?
I started typing this post thinking I'd reach some sort of conclusion but I really don't have an answer. Maybe I'm not paying close enough attention (Joey would probably tell me to listen to AZ). Or maybe Ghostface is the one to hang my hat on. I mean, who bridges the old and the new, the Jeeps and the backpacks better than Tony Starks?