RAP TOURISM: New York City

New York City has been immortalized on wax so many times over, as an adolescent I developed a particular image in my brain that may or may not have ever actually existed. The tour guide projected in Evidence's "Down In NYC" offers the complete antithesis of those fond and quite possibly naive childhood assumptions. While the song does contain a few moments of obligatory caution, overall the intense and unforgiving urban terrain I once imagined is reduced to an impressive retail district.

Fashawn - Lost In NYC

For roughly twelve consecutive calendars, Alchemist has arguably experienced greater success capturing New York's sound than any of his MPC thumping peers. On "Lost In NYC", Fashawn takes full advantage of Alan's ability to translate the Empire State often romanticised by out-of-towners. The vivid narrative is steeped in paranoia and uncertainty. Around every corner the city presents a new life threatening dilemma in exchange for another story to tell—a compromise Fashawn is more than willing to accept.

6 comments:

  1. I agree with the Alchemist statement. I can't think of another NY producer who went harder during that time frame...

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  2. That Evidence song is amazingly stupid and super-ghey all at once.

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  3. @Thun Yeah that song always rubbed me the wrong way too. I think it's the rice & beans line.

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  4. Red Cafe 'Heart & Soul' is the best NYC track in a loooong time. Great video aswell

    http://djstepone.blogspot.com/2010/09/red-cafe-heart-soul-of-new-york-city.html

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  5. @StepOne Yeah, that was a nice song, more so due to Pete Rock's production though. But both of those guys are from NY, so it's not really told from the perspective of a tourist.

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