Bone Crusher ain't ever scared to call out his hometown's new school emcees.
Fans of the music coming out of Atlanta in the mid-2000s are no doubt familiar with Bone Crusher.Â While known most prominently on the solo tip as the man behind "Never Scared," the emceeÂ was actually a fairly stable act in his prime, appearing on tracks with Ludacris, T.I., Kelis, and even a young Jeezy (no pun intended). He considers himself one of Atlanta's leaders in the crunk movement, a period in southern hip-hop defined byÂ drum machine rhythms, heavy basslines,Â and shouted-outÂ vocals, frequently inÂ a call and response manner. The movement is often pointed toÂ by critics as a mainstreamÂ downfall of lyricism in rap music. According to Crusher, today's music is getting worse.
âI donât think itâs going in the right direction,â Bone Crusher said. âI think itâs garbage, really. What happened is that the childrenâItâs like right now itâs a [fine]. When we did it it was no Atlanta scene. It wasnât none of that. We had OutKast and Organized [Noize]. They were great, man. They did wonderful things for this city. But it wasnât a movement until Tip and me and Jon and Ying Yang. And we came in and made it of the street. Where OutKast and Organized made you at a higher level, which is amazing. And we needed that. We brought the street, the real gritty, gritty street to it. And that made everybody go crazy.â
Bone Crusher went on to explain that music isnât about money and is instead about doing something you enjoy.
âNow the hole is so big itâs sort of like how your mama and daddy they so rich,â he said. âYou donât know why they so rich and you donât care. All you know is you got a car. You got a house. You got a pool in the back. And now you donât respect it as much. You ever heard the old saying âDaddyâs babies, babies maybe?â And thatâs what it isâ¦I remember when there was no rap on the radio in Atlanta. No rap, periodâ¦At the end of the day, these catsâI donât like it. I think that they should go back and study more. I think they should learn basic principles of how to make a record. And I think they should enjoy music more. Because music is what itâs all about. It ainât about money. If you enjoy your craft, money will come in abundance.â
Bone Crusher appearsÂ in VH1âs newly-released documentary, "ATL: The Untold Story Of Atlanta's Rise In The Rap Game." Check that out here. Meanwhile, you can check out Crusher's full interview with Vlad TV here.