Bobby Shmurda’s short career as a musician has been filled with comparisons to Chicago’s rap scene.
50 Cent expressed similar sentiment during his Power 105 interview with Angie Martinez. Shmurda’s music, Fif said, shares similarities to Interscope rapper Chief Keef.
“When I saw him dancing and everything in the joint, I was like yo I couldn’t stop thinking of the little homie Chief Keef,” he said. “To me, that sound is his sound… the drill music.”
Fif went on to say some artists lack originality in this era of Hip Hop.
“It’s showing how a culture’s trending instead of having originality necessary for you to mean something to our culture back when I fell in love with it,” he said. “You had to be your own thing, your own sound even if didn’t make sense half of the time.”
Bobby Shmurda is well aware of the comparisons to Chicago and is not too happy about it.
According to Village Voice, some people have dubbed his style of music as “New York Drill.”
“…We did this before we heard of drill,” he said. “We’ve been rapping even before we heard of Chicago. To tell you the truth, I ain’t really know about Chicago until Chief Keef and em. We’ve been doing what we’ve doing before. I’m 20. I’ve been in the streets since like 10.”
Shmurda cites Gucci Mane and Lil Boosie as his influences.
“…I grew up listening to Gucci,” he told Global Grind. “A lot of New York people… on my block a lot of people don’t listen to what I listen to. Out my car, you hear Boosie playing. I grew up Down South, too. My daddy and my family, everybody Down South.”
DJ Drama recently weighed in on the recent success of the 20-year-old Brooklynite during an interview with Vibe. Drama commented Shmurda reminds him of Chiraq.
“He reminds me of Chicago-ness,” Drama told Vibe. “It’s kinda wild watching New York artist who have aspects of other rappers from other places. It just shows you how the game comes full circle.”
Drama praised Shmurda’s “Shmoney Dance.”
“The dance is hot… It’s been a minute since New York had a dance. I watched a couple of the videos. I like what he’s doing. I like his personality and his name, Shmurda.”
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