Busta Rhymes has been in the rap scene ever since the musical genre of Hip-Hop was gaining momentum in the industry. The Brooklyn rapper has seen the metamorphosis of a genre that has produced rap legends from the 80s to the new millennium.
The “Break Ya Neck” rapper, born Trevor Tahiem Smith, sat down with Huffington Post’s Kia Makerechi to give his take on the current state of Hip-Hop.
Rhymes said there is a “beautiful thing in hip hop right now” because “there’s a lot of new sh-t going on.”
“A$AP and Azaelia Banks are definitely doing their part, but what feels good is that this sh-t doesn’t feel regional anymore,” he said, according to the Huffington Post. “There’s Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q, those dudes don’t sound like ‘West Coast Hip-Hop’ anymore, in the way people use to sound like ‘West coast Hip-Hop.’”
“You got your Mac Millers and your Odd Futures and nothing sounds like a particular place, everything sound like new movements,” Rhymes said. “I’m more happy about that than anything. Because now it’s starting to feel like as long as you can make some dope sh-t that’s new and refreshing, all regions are embracing and f-ing with it.”
Rhymes said the lifting of the regional barrier has allowed people from different parts of the country to embrace other artists’ music.
“I hear Kendrick Lamar more in New York than I hear him in his own town,” he said. “It’s just about hip-hop. It’s not regional anymore.”