Sunday, May 30, 2010

J. Cole is reinventing the South

For years, rappers from the South have been trying to prove they are just as good, if not better, than rappers from other parts of the nation. Even with the rap music scene dominated by the likes of Rick Ross and Lil Wayne, people still consider rappers from the mecca, New York City, as the best, overall. Some people feel this is because of the Southern drawl.

Since his return from prison, T.I. has tried to improve his speech, but it is obvious he is from the South. Lil Wayne, on the other hand, raps with a heavy Southern drawl. But, when he talks, he does not have an accent. When J. Cole speaks, he has no drawl and when he raps, he has no drawl. It would take deep listening to tell he is from the South.

The reason J. Cole sounds this way is because of the city he is from. Cole was born and raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina and the city is home to a military base. The city is located in a rural county on the rural side of North Carolina, but people from all over the world reside in Fayetteville. The city is an international city and living there exposed J. Cole to many different lifestyles. People in Fayetteville do not have much of a drawl and because he grew up listening to Nas and others, he is very lyrical.

However, in cities such as Miami, Atlanta, and New Orleans, the cities have deep ghettos and the population is black people who have lived in the area for decades. J. Cole did not grow up in a city with a deep ghetto, although there is a poor section in the city. Plus, for the past three years, J. Cole has been living in New York City working for Jay-Z. Having been away from the South for this many years has changed the way J. Cole talks and being around rappers from other areas, personally, has changed his style of rap. Despite being from the South, J. Cole has no drawl. But, he still claims the South as where he is from, but he raps for everyone.

Soon, other Southern rappers from similar areas will begin to do the same thing and Southern hip hop will merge into other regions of hip hop and the debate over regions will soon be over. When this happens, hip hop will truly become a music genre in its own right.

4 comments:

Anonymous,  February 25, 2013 at 12:55 PM  

Woooo! The article overall is a mess. How dare you degrade the people in the south! I'm going to speak on Atlanta... I have been a Realtor in Atlanta for 13 years with a massive clientele from the north east coast. To identify Atlanta as "ghetto" is an understatement! Now let me let you in on something... People up north don't live like people down south. We live good here and not in the ghetto. We have the experience of living in a min of 4000 sq feet homes, not high rise project, the luxury of a simple bare feet in the grass and not concrete in our back yards. The client that I had couldn't believe what the saw as far as how we live. Living in molded basements, 200 sq feet for the sake of saying I live in NY ain't from nothing. I guess that why we have more people transitioning to the south and not to the north because we don't want to move north to live in the GHETTO! Talk about J Cole and his talents but don't down grade the south or the southern drawl because I rather talk country and live like a king then to talk proper and live in the slums! Fuck outta here!

Anonymous,  February 25, 2013 at 1:03 PM  

Ain't shit cracking in NY and its a has been! New York raps are wack! Yes, they started it there but it will finish in the SOUTH... Wack ass beats and wack ass lyric... They still selling drugs up north to get money... Tell them wack ass niggas to start a business and that will show real leadership... A ton of black own businesses in the south... A bunch of drug dealers and jail birds in the north! #lockdown!!!

Anonymous,  February 25, 2013 at 1:06 PM  

Dem north niggas always trying to hop on the southern tracks. Too funny! They know what it is!!! The south rules!

Anonymous,  February 25, 2013 at 1:17 PM  

Who da fuck wrote this bullshit!!! Deep ghettos in Atlanta??? Miami??? What the fuck. Apparently the writer hasn't been to these places. North is filthy cold and slummy! Now that's the ghetto!

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