And The Winner For Best Hip Hop Music Is... Take Your Pick
Since the beginning of hip-hop culture there has been debate over where the best music comes from and why.
The Voice of the Wildcats turned to two Instagram polls recently to see what the B-CU community has to say about which regions have the best music - North vs. South and East vs. West.
When it came to the North vs. the South,
the results were overwhelming in favor of
music from the south, with 63 percent of
the votes. The fact the South dominated did
not surprise Johnathon Lewis, a sophomore
majoring in mass communications.
There are many reasons the south came out on top in the debate, Lewis says, including the fact that there are surpluses of rappers that come from that region such as Rick Ross, Migos, Future, Young Thug, Lil Wayne and Gucci mane. Also, he said, artist from the North part of the country come little and in between and often have a sound that doesn't stick.
Tyler McGee, a sophomore majoring in computer engineering, said just the opposite. McGee says that the north should have won simply because of the diversity in sound. He pointed to such artists as Common, NAS, Chance the Rapper, Kanye West and even Chief Keef. He says the melting pot of poetry can be found up north, while the music that comes from the south shares similar flows and almost always an identical message.
Meanwhile, there can be no regional music debate without a discussion of the East Coast vs. West Coast. While the debate has been watered down since the death of two of the primary participants, Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G, there is still room for the conversation.
In the Voice Instagram poll the West Coast captured 52 percent of the votes, edging out the East Coast, because of rappers such as Snoop Dogg & YG and the "Homily Hood Bounce" that the West Coast sound provides, according to Jazzminn London, a freshman majoring in music tech.
By Stephanie Owens