Rap is filled with a lot of MCs. No question. But what separates one rapper from the next? An artist's hometown is about as blurred as his flow and look compared to other like-minded entertainers. With the Internet and blogging, it's even harder to find an MC that's truly a product of where he represents. While we're growing to accept that sound does not need to be regional anymore, how have MCs evolved with the influx of independent labels, the blogosphere, and other elements of the millennial generation?
Looking back, collaborations seemed to be more authentic as rappers gathered in the studio to vibe and create a certified masterpiece. With the impact of the internet and social media, the thought of an actual collabo seems a distant memory as artists exchange verses via e-mail and never meet up until it's time to shoot the video or perform live. With this, has the vibe of a true collaboration fallen off? Are there any artists and beatmakers that actually show up and work face-to-face to craft a tune completely from scratch?
Many rappers came to prominence first as part of a group ( i.e. EPMD, Public Enemy, N.W.A., Wu-Tang Clan, and the list goes on). As time progressed, the concept (or rather unity) of the group would take a backseat to the individual. Whether it be the fans picking out whichever member they prefer, or whether there is that one particular member standing out amongst the rest (i.e. Andre 3000), the seeds were planted for one individual to embark on their own into the hip-hop wilderness. In light of this, has the nail been placed in the coffin, or is there still a bit of life left in the group concept?