The underground rap scene within the boroughs of busy New York City has been surging. Its resurgence, in large part, receives attribution from Bobby Shmurda’s encapsulation of the masses during the Summer of 2014. Unmatched levels of emotion and passionate displays of their surroundings had not previously been witnessed in such a showstopping manner. As the case presides with many of Shmurda’s associates, the violent crimes and aggressive lifestyles portrayed landed much of the GS9 crew behind bars.
To reiterate, Bobby Shmurda’s imprint on the New York rap scene can hardly be measured due to its monumental nature. Sure, chalk his success up to the equivalent of a one-hit wonder, but do so with great inaccuracy. The weight of that single created a large dent in the rap scene that still permeates to this day. Unfortunately, Shmurda and company’s propensity for a fast lifestyle without the fear of consequences landed him in a compromising position. Thus, his rise to stardom paved the way for others
For decades, New York’s diverse blend of artistry can be traced back to the roots of a boom-bap type of traditional and lyrical style. As is the case with any genre, progressional strides and changes are bound to be made. Much like Chicago’s drill scene, Shmurda and his GS9 associates brought a quick-hitting approach and pizzazz unforeseen to the streets of New York. Simply, not to deem one particular style as greater than the other, as long as individuals try new musical mechanisms there will always be a shift. Some would deem the shift as detrimental, others view it as refreshing. Regardless of how the changes are viewed, the fact of the matter is, as time elapses new variations and types of musical output will constantly emerge.
Bending the block
Initially, one of the lone rising stars to arrive from the muck of GS9 indictments goes by the name of Corey Finesse. His hunger combined with the patient sharpening of his skillset caught the attention of crucial players within hip-hop’s hemisphere. With financial backing and the development of an ambitious relationship, Junior Galette chose Corey as the frontman for a new and improved GS9 type of collective donned, “Nula Entertainment.” Of late, Finesse hopped on the remix to Sheff G’s bass-rattling underground hit, “No Suburban.” As a direct response to another underground star, “22G’z” single, “Suburban” Sheff G clearly claimed the crown of victory in this bout.
The rebuttal offered by Sheff G titled, “No Suburban” created a major stir in Brooklyn and boasts greater than three million Youtube video views. With a unique inflection and seemingly British type accent, Sheff G’s captivating presence has lifted him to levels of superstardom that many can only aspire achieve. “No Suburban” produced by a London teenage beatmaker, “AXL Beats” captures multiple new verses of slang and lingo. AXL makes his signature mark on the track with signature drum kicks and claps along with haunting church bells.
“I ain’t playing with you Gerber’s, Frost gon’ roll ’em like he Herbert,
Any season know it’s scorching, Moving on em Steady scoring.” (No Suburban)
Glaringly, Sheff G’s striking confidence and charisma propelled his presence onto the radar of countless hip-hop connoisseurs. Much like his contemporary, Corey Finesse, Sheff G represents many walks of life in terms of Jamaican, Haitian and West Indian culture. His father has Haitian roots and his mother hails from Trinidad and Tobago. Remarkably, Corey Finesse hopped on the” No Suburban” song to create a stunning remix. In the video participants wore shades of blue and culled a crowd of people accompanied by about five cameras (including drone footage.)
Undoubtedly, Sheff G incorporated remnants of the Chicago drill scene into his catalogue. The fast paced slang delivery and intimidating wordplay can be specifically attributed to influential Chicago artists such as G-Herbo and Lil Bibby. Sheff G received much of this influence by the resemblance of chosen lifestyles. His Caton collective identifies with artists of the Chicago drill movement, in terms of respective upbringing as they relate with their means of survival. In particular, Sheff G’s Moving Gang faction maneuvers swiftly due to strong interconnection and utmost reliance upon each other. Thematically and sonically, these battle-tested artists consistently prove their dominance among the ranks of young New Yorkers.
Sheff G one to strike while iron is hot
With minimal output, Sheff G and his conglomerate focus upon dropping tracks that deliver quality. Evidently, while others chose to oversaturate, Sheff G comfortably sat back and observed in order to plot his ultimate rise and ascension from the depths of the underground. A ruthless nature and infectious charisma catapulted his team and caused them to gain traction in the streets.
So Dope Entertainment, a major player on the New York scene, boosted Sheff G’s presence with video and audio production. Together, their collaborations boast tremendous superiority amongst the likes of peons and lesser artists. Recently, Sheff G and frequent collaborator, Sleepy Hallow, roamed the streets of New York with the originator and President of Nula Entertainment, Junior Galette (Sackman093 via Snapchat.) As a possible foreshadowing attempt, Sheff G and Corey Finesse may be intricately linked and inked to the same label in the near future. Only time will tell.