There are a lot of up and coming hip hop artists these days that have gotten me excited about the scene, notably J. Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Fashawn, Freddie Gibbs, Wale and more. In this video 9th Wonder (producer from North Carolina) talks to K.R.I.T. about a return to Golden Era style of hip hop (references hip hop before ’96–typically the death of B.I.G. marks the end of the era). If this is true, its interesting that my generation (20-30 years old) would mark the return of Golden Era being that we (or at least I) were heavily influenced by this period of hip hop music. K.R.I.T. mentions how in his home growing up he was introduced to Scarface (formerly of Ghetto Boys, the first mainstream southern rap group). While this is exciting, might it suggests a return to auto-tune R&B hip hop twenty years from now when the kids of ’00-’10 make audio waves having grown up on Lil’ Jon and T-Payne? Shit.
Thanks to Hiptics for the video, and if you want to check out Big K.R.I.T.’s mixtape Kri Wuz you can download it here.
Listen to Big K.R.I.T.’s “Hometown Hero”