The tug o' war saga in New York's standing in Hip-Hop remains a hot button issue for some, while serving as little consequence to others. When they are planted firmly in their element with their historic roots feeding them the proper inspiration matter, they make classics, straight up. On the opposing spectrum, keeping up the more trendy creative processes of making music has the East Coasters lagging in the back of the race, mainly attributed to their more lyrical upholstered raps having to be subdued to churn out a supposed "hit." Yet, very few acknowledge the gray area in most cases; a nether region of sorts where "above average" reigns supreme and skews the overall concept of any benchmarks put into place over the course of time. The music may do its duty in satisfying the intended audience, but little headway is made in reaching wanderers of the musicology stream.
It's not just the newbies that are coming up short, as most would immediately assume. Weathered veterans of rap's fickle waters are still clinging to their rudders without so much as a change in turn style. The legendary <a href="http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/tag/dj-premier">DJ Premier</a> has been churning out full-blown albums, exclusively featuring his melodic thumbprints---notable ones at that; 1998's Moment Of Truth immediately comes to mind---with plenty of gas left in his artistic jet for many more.