Monday, July 2, 2012

Entertain Yourself. Post Gentrification Harlem hip-hop style...


Harlem, NYC- known for its luxury condos, restaurant rows, hip bar scene and white flight INTO (not a typo) the US African-American mecca is also in the midst of a music renaissance...and it ain't jazzy...it's hip-hop all the way...check these folks out (you may not agree with the message or the sound, but they're making noise)...

...you've already heard of Azealia Banks...haven't you? She's gone from pouring vanilla chai lattes at Starbucks to spitting fiery lyrics (she's not for the faint of heart, eyes or ears).  She's dynamic, fashionable and from (my ol' hood) Harlem...and supposedly, she's a major league music talent...so "they" say.
Btw, "they" are right.  Listen, and find out for yourself...




...haven't had enough of Harlem, then check out this kid...ASAP Rocky, another new "NBT" (that's "Next Big Thing", if you're acronym-challenged)...



...and then head further underground with the emerging Y-ME era and The Gang (editor's note: lived in the same Harlem building with Young Da Historian-my cheap ass paid $$ for his early mixtapes, he's that good)...listening to all this you'd have no idea Harlem gentrification exists.  Welcome back to the hip-hop map Harlem...

...these cats run the streets...you want to tell them they don't?

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