Rap has become what basketball was between 1999 and 2001 during the AND1 Mixtape era. Back then every city had enough dope ballers to make a formidable team. If you took the best players from Omaha they’d probably give the best ballers from NYC a run for their money.
Everyone raps now and, believe it or not, a bunch of those people do it really well. Regional alliances are disappearing as cats are picking up pens, pads and laptops to craft gems in every nook and cranny of the country.
Take Jackson, Mississippi for instance. While not a nationally recognized rap powerhouse, you could still take its top seven MCs and have them craft a jam so lyrically ferocious it would hold up against any city’s best bars. Jackson’s seven representatives are Kamikaze, James Crow, Coke Bumaye, Py Infamous, 5th Child, Skipp Coon and 7even:Thirty (though he currently resides in Dallas). Each MC rips his respective verse to pieces providing an overall banger that’s got more quotables than you can digest in one sitting. Also, extra golf claps for DJ Young Venom’s scratches of that Pimp C clip. It’s a perfect choice for a state that’s spent the last four years keeping PA’s favorite son’s legacy alive.
Let’s hope these all-city tag teams become a trend: allowing unheralded Hip-Hop locales to put their best foot forward.