In August, during an interview on The Breakfast Club, veteran New York rapper Fat Joe, in so many words, proclaimed the city's legendary boom bap sound as dead. "Music moved on," Joe said.
Whether or not you agree with Joe's assessment, he's not the only artist from the Big Apple who believes East Coast rap needed to take a sharp left turn.
"A lot of artists thought I was from Atlanta because a lot of people from New York like to go to Atlanta," A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie said during an interview on The Breakfast Club on Friday, in support of his newly-released major label debut, The Bigger Artist. "I just feel like that old New York sound ain't the New York sound no more. I just gotta, not follow the wave, but go along with it, and create my own wave."
Setting aside the fact that it's literally impossible to both "go along with" a wave while simultaneously creating your own, A Boogie, like Fat Joe before him, knows what he's talking about.
Any talk surrounding the death of New York's "boom bap sound" as it relates to the future of hip-hop will always (and rightfully) be met with fire and fury, but it's not hard to understand why a 21-year-old emcee like A Boogie, who recently signed a "five or six" album deal with Atlantic Records—so help him, God—wants to take a different approach to rap music in 2017.