Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Is the South the Odd-Man Out?

I just read a pretty good piece over at Creative Loafing about the "imminent decline of southern rap." The writer, M.T. Richards, makes a lot of valid points-- including the south basking in its own "southness" as if that is still enough to maintain the attention of an ever-changing rap landscape, the continued lackluster releases from its top dog's including T.I. and Ludacris, the passing-over of great projects from Big Boi and Playboy Tre mixtapes and the semi-hiatus' of its creative innovators like Outkast and Missy.
But the article made me wonder.

Is part of the south's decline associated with the bi-coastal rise of the "odd man out" kind of emcee that have garnered mass followings lately?

 You know, the whole "weirdo in my own town" kind of rap that Kid Kudi, Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Kalifa and even Lil B have made popular as of late. The south has yet to produce one of these types of mc's to my knowledge-- Krit's sound is grounded in '96 Suave House/Rap-a-lot-era type of style and perspective. Yelawolf is a bit more mature than the aforementioned, as is Playboy Tre and Bobby Creekwater. Cy-hi seems to be more focused on carrying the DF tradition. I guess J.Cole would be closest but even his sound is too polished, and scope to broad to be classified as the "odd man out."

I dunno. It's just a thought.