10. New York Resilience
Right now, you could say New York rap is having an identity crisis. There’s no defining voice that is representing the five boroughs. Sure Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$ and others of that new-school pool pay tribute to the city’s roots with their chopped-up sample-ridden production, traits linked with the boom bap style, but there is no one holding the Big Apple down like Nas and Biggie did, or Jay Z throughout the earlier stages of the aughts.
But New York has bounced back before. The opuses of 1994 secured the recovery of the great rap metropolis, and New York will never be the kind of city to hang up its gloves.