Are we approaching the carolina's hip-hop golden age?
"historically unsung as it may be, the carolinas’ hip-hop community has experienced a period of exponential growth in recent years and its current crop of artists have all the talent to stop the area from being omitted from cultural conversations once and for all. much like their carolinian predecessors from across the years, the current crop of artists isn’t localized around one signature sound but are identifiable as mcs that are straying out of commercial complacency in order to usher in a golden age for the area. in the vein of death row, rap-a-lot or bad boy records, j. cole’s dreamville has become inextricably linked with its spiritual home. based at the sheltuh, the label may be a conduit for atlantans and new yorkers such as j.i.d, earthgang and bas to communicate with the world but it remains rooted in its founder’s sense of community.
whilst cole has already secured the title of the region’s greatest export, he is but one aspect of a triumvirate of dreamville artists that rep carolina. hailing from charlotte and raleigh, lute and mez may not have experienced the stratospheric ascent to fame that j.i.d has but it’s not for a lack of ability or imagination. the driving force behind his own slum county movement, lute’s acerbic rhymes and vivid depictions of a life beset by pitfalls finally got some overdue acclaim on 2017’s west1996 pt2 and now fans patiently await his reemergence with a new project. in an interview with hnhh, lute touched on the predilection towards dismissiveness around nc as a harbourer of creativity:
"very much so. very underrated! we have the talent we have the music but the thing about north carolina is we have yet to have the platform to do so. and i think that that’s what j. cole, and even myself when i get to a level, want to do; is to bring the culture together and bring the people together to actually showcase what we have in north carolina because there’s a lot of talent.""
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