One thing I’ve always been impressed with was regional identity in Rap music. Regional identity is not uncommon in other genres of music but it seems especially present in Rap (or hip hop but I hate calling it that). I don’t listen to or care about Hardcore music or other genres to be able to explain their regional variation/identity but I’ve found some interesting things w-r-t rap in the US.
I feel like I did an adequate job defining most rap regions, I’m not 100% sure Norcal should have gotten its own region and not Detroit/Pittsburgh but giving a single city a region seemed unfair. At the same time, most East Coast comes from NYC and most West Coast comes from LA. Tell me what you think.
Here’s a list of really cool albums/tracks in the rap/hip hop genre
Low Budget – Crunk in Yo System (seriously the best comp for southern rap)
The Weeknd – House of Balloons (indie hip hop)
Wiz Khalifa – Youngin’ on his grind.
Big K.R.I.T. – Country Shit (Remix) ft. Ludacris & Bun B.
more to come