Over at the Smoking Section, they've written an excellent piece on the current state of New York Rap under the title "Dirty, Rotten & Stinkin' - The Current Plight Of NY Rap." Here's a taste:
"And the fact that Saigon had a hit-making producer by his side for a couple of years with no results. (The only MC out of the bunch that I feel got a raw deal was Ortiz, who had undeniable skill but was cut down before getting a chance). The rest of them had their chances, but couldn’t make a song that could move the needle. Sorry, Sai, but at no time in the last 15 years of Hip-Hop would “Pain In My Life” be a viable first single for an album, not even in the “glory days.” Blaming this on the South is only exposing bitchassness."
Word up. You can check out the full piece here. The dudes that run Smoking Section are some of the realest and coolest people puttin' it down. Be sure to stay up on them.