Wednesday, March 10, 2010
"Our Problem" Baltimore Hip-Hop Scene
Our problem with why Baltimore artists haven't really made an impact in the Mainstream is a deep issue. And I say "Our Problem" b/c it truly is an internal issue. Other cities support systems to each other are on a scale to which we have yet to achieve. We have a larger playing and larger support for "Club Music" then the much larger Hip-Hop music genre in general. Its almost as if Hip-Hop plays 2nd fiddle here while Club Music is placed on the front burner. I have been trying to understand this since I was 16. While DJ's from other bigger cities where Hip-Hop is more prevalent (e.i. New York, Miami, and Houston) seem to expand their name and wealth it seems like DJ's from Baltimore only care about being local celebrities.... if that is what you want to call them. With the exception of a few DJ's such as Jabril, Radio, and DNA the DJ's actually being an outlet or showcasing Baltimore Hip-Hop are few and far between. As annoying as DJ Khaled is he put on for Miami...he plays hot records from Miami and has been doing that for years now he is President of Def Jam South. That's a goal, a major achievement. Fact is we don't have a Funk Flex, we don't have a DJ Clue, we don't have a DJ Screw...we don't have anybody here breaking records.
Also the outlet for which local music is heard and giving exposure is little to none. Recently Allbmorehiphop.com arose with a great site for local acts to get their music out and more accessible. Not only does it showcase local talent but it is also a very well put together site that could and I'm sure does attract outside visitors. And I swear Al Shipley of Government Names is the only person that seriously writes about and posts local Hip-Hop. There are other viable Hip-Hop outlets here such as 88.9 Strictly Hip-Hop the long running Morgan State University radio show and shows like Spitts Mcman Radio were Host Shaka Pitts give people a chance to submit music and allow listeners on the phones and in the chat room the task of voting "1" or "2" (1 being pass 2 being fail) on the playing song in question. But no matter how much underground support Baltimore Hip-Hop may have, if it isn't being covered majorly by larger entities and embraced it's going to be in 2nd place for a much longer time.
My Head Hurts