What Happened To NY Hip-Hop? New Documentary Attempts To Answer Controversial Question

By Rob Markman

With so much attention on New York City and it’s positioning in the rap game, it seems like the perfect time for DJ S. Whit’s upcoming documentary “The New York Rap Revival.” Whit, who is a DJ and on-air personality for SIRIUSXM’s Hip-Hop Nation, recently launched a Kickstarter for the film which analyzes the Big Apple’s current role in hip-hop.

The independent film features commentary from MTV News correspondent and Shade 45 host Sway Calloway, Rap Radar content director Brian “B.Dot” Miller as well as NYC rapper’s Troy Ave, Emilio Rojas, Vinny Chase and veteran spitter AZ.

The doc comes at an interesting time. On Tuesday, Atlanta rapper Trinidad James riled the city up after he made expressed his views on the NY Hip-Hop. “I remember when New York rap was the sh– and us ‘bamas,’ us from the South was like, ‘What the f—?’ And we just did our own thing, but now we run y’all musically. That’s crazy,” he said, much to the crowd’s shock.
Since then, a number of New York MC have spoken out against James, most notably Maino, who went on Hot 97 and demanded an apology from Trinidad on behalf of the city.

On Wednesday Bun B came up to “RapFix Live” and downplayed all of the drama. “Hip-hop and the actual art of rapping started here in New York, so if you’re an MC by due product you’re already trying to be like New York. So it don’t make no sense for nobody to act like New York trying to be like them,” he reasoned.