By Guest Contributor Michael Caesar, Special Hip Hop Correspondent
Gloucester Massachusetts is set and primed to be the next great hip-hop hot bed.
Yep, I said it; my expertise on the subject is derived from the 17+ years I spent living on the island and a profound appreciation for DJ Premier beats and gold chains.
Now I know what you’re thinking…How does this suburban fishing community qualify for the birthplace of the next big hip hop revolution? Simple. It has all the characteristics of the direction post-2006 hip-hop has taken. Think about it…
It Has a Blue Collar Attitude, While Sporting White Collar Attributes
Gloucester rappers are professionals at talking rapidly in profane sentences that don’t make sense, making repeated references to #TheStruggle and their realness all while residing within a stones throw (more often than not, literally) from the ocean. Waterfront property, vacation homes and B&B’s create the perfect backdrop for new-aged hip-hop’s attempts to boast street-cred without any of the dangers that come with, y’know, the actual streets.
A Steady Drug Culture
What’s more hip-hop than talking about selling drugs? Gloucester’s ripe with people who have supplemented their income with tax-exempt import-export businesses, whether that’s Oxycontin or Tuna. If black market hustling is at the core of your lyrical content, Gloucester is the place for you. ‘
Beaches You Can Film Music Videos On
Are you just getting your start in hip-hop but want to film lavish music videos on beaches filled with bikini-clad women? Cut down on travel expenses to exotic locations by basing your operation in a place that is literally surrounded by beaches!
Sure the sand isn’t exactly white, the bikini-clad women aren’t exactly super-model hot, and if you want to film on Pavilion Beach there’s a 50/50 chance you step on a hypodermic needle. When you consider the money you’re saving on airfare, however, you’re one step closer to renting that Bentley to put in said video.
It’s Chalk Full Of White People Who Can’t Dance
Two things are very popular in hip-hop these days:
-dance crazes invented to make people who can’t dance feel confident on a dance-floor (See: Gas Pedal, Dougie et al.)
-white people (Macklemore is apparently a “rapper” according to the Grammys). You can obviously see where this is trending, can’t you?
Did We Mention the Talent?
The Long and short of it is simple, Gloucester MA is about to take off, and if you don’t know you better ask somebody. As they say in hip-hop, Real recognize real, and nobody’s recognized the potential of Gloucester’s hip-hop community. If you wanna be the realest in the game right now, you better get on this first.