Fabolous talks about becoming the next face of New York hip hop, and how hip hop has evolved with the sound not being as regional as in the past.
It seems that in the Hip Hop genre all music sounds alike. Iy used to be you could distinguish we a rapper was from based on the sound on their music. This is not the case now. The new generation of rappers have embraced a similar sound, which appears to Southern.
Fabolous, recently talked about stepping up to become the next face of real New York hip hop, and weighed in on how “regional” sounds have changed, mentioning how at first listen he thought A$AP Rocky was from Houston.
When discussing this topic, Fabolous mentions how Jay-Z has become such an icon that he has transcended simply representing one city, “I feel like the New York music, is not at its strongest point, but it also needs somebody to be its backbone. You look at Jay-Z, and Jay-Z has been that backbone, and a superstar for New York, and even an icon…he kinda overshadows just being a New York artist.”
He continued with, “You need somebody that can also just step in the shoes, when you come here, when you go to the club. When you see the fashion, when you see everything that representing New York, every region has that…so it’s just time for me to step in those shoes.”
When asked about his thoughts on the changing sound of hip hop, the S.O.U.L. Tape rapper says the regional hip hop lines have become blurry, “Music has crossed the invisible Dixie Line, of where South music is, and where New York is…it’s not really a North, West, South, Mid-west kinda thing.” He gives an example of the first time he heard rising NY artist A$AP Rocky, and how he thought Flacko sounded more H-Town than NY, “When I first heard A$AP Rocky, I didn’t know he was from Harlem. Kinda gave me a Houston feel to it…the fusion now of music, is coming up to New York.”
Check out the full interview below where Fabolous mentions other New York spittas like Action Bronson.