Clash has had its ears pricked by some sweet, sweet rap sounds of late – and most of these fresh emissions have emanated from New York City, home to a collective of crews and solo MCs working under the Beast Coast banner.
The Beast Coast attitude? Says DyMe-A-DuZiN: “Very diverse, very rugged. We’re the future, man!” To Clash’s ears, and those of other commentators in the music press, we’re hearing the slick and soulful hip-hop beats of mid-‘90s Wu-Tang, Nas and Mobb Deep, plus smatterings of Dilla and DOOM. It’s retro – but oh-so brand new, too.
So to bring you up to speed with the still-coming cuts from the Beast Coast scene, Clash has handily compiled links to our relevant content right here. Which is nice of us, isn’t it.
Joey Bada$$ (pictured): “Money affects the pursuit of everybody with any type of skill.” Interview exceprt here.
DyMe-A-DuZiN: “It’s never hard for me to put out my feelings – it’s actually therapy for me.” Full interview here.
Flatbush Zombies: “It’s like survival of the fittest. People don’t live here for long if they can’t eat.” Interview excerpt here.
The Underachievers: “It only made sense to relay the same virtues we’ve learned from those ideologies into our music.” Ones To Watch here.
Bishop Nehru: “Some people in New York still don’t get it. They’re walking around the streets, handing out CDs. And that’s just not necessary…” Ones To Watch here.
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