Ebro Darden and Paul Rosenberg of Hot 97 invited XXL Mag editor-in-chief Vanessa Satten and a staff writer to discuss the impact of Chicago on the Hip Hop scene.
Satten cited Chicago hometown heroes Twista, Do Or Die, Bump J and Kanye West as paving the way for the city’s new crop of talent.
“It’s nice to see Chicago being the city that it is and the people that’s come from it having it’s run,” she said.
A large portion of the discussion was the extreme violence gripping the city.
Rosenberg was upset with what he called a “slight glorification of one of the biggest tragedies in America.”
“None of them are making music that’s saying ‘Please understand what we’re going through. This is so messed up,’” he explained. “Most of it’s glorifying it.”
“I see the talent. I don’t necessarily see the reflection,” Rosenberg added.
The conversation soon turned to the discussion of Lil Bibby whom Rosenberg said he likes. But Rosenberg was turned off by the title of his debut mixtape “Free Crack.”
Satten suggested elder statesmen mentor Chiraq’s rising talent and steer them in the right direction.
Ebro commented Chicago Hip Hop needs more social commentary, citing lyrical content from early 90s Hip Hop group NWA.
“…Go back and study NWA. A lot of people will say, ‘NWA, Ice Cube and those guys made Gangsta Rap when they was 18 years old,’” Ebro explained. “But there was also social commentary, frustration in the music.”
“…You gotta be aware of what’s going on around you and share those real stories,” he said.
View discussion in full below.
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