Hip Hop 2022 year in review | Popgen Tech
NEW YORK – 2022 was an important year for Hip-Hop in many ways. All the clubs were open, there was a full schedule of concerts and tours, and exciting new music from established and emerging artists. There have been some tragic farewells too, as the culture looks towards its upcoming 50th anniversary.
Female Hip-Hop artists like Glorilla, who debuted her first EP are going hard with her bars and beats. Bronx native Ice Spice got a thumbs up from Drake after her hit song “Munch” went viral. Hip-Hop’s biggest stars like Future and Kendrick Lamar have also made their mark, says Billboard Deputy Director Carl Lamarre.
“This was a great year overall. It was great to see the heavyweights come out like Kendrick Lamar, who had a five-year hiatus, to see him come back with a new album and tour and get eight nominations for -Grammy. we know that real rap is still appreciated,” said Lamarre.
While Hip-Hop dominated the charts, there was a tragedy that the community had to endure. The shooting death of Migos superstar Takeoff, who was an innocent bystander in Houston, shocked, stunned and saddened millions of fans around the world.
Carl Lamarre says, “I think we lost someone who was an underrated specimen with the pen and had a lot more to give to Hip-Hop and music.”
The deadly armed robbery that took the life of the PNB rock was another inescapable reminder that no matter how famous or successful, the threat of gun violence is everywhere.
Hip-Hop artist Albee Al, says, “Losing one of my friends in the game, PnB Rock, I feel like you ever really do that? Like PnB Rock made it in music, made it out of his hood . , he moved to Cali, he was living his life.”
Albert Robinson, better known as rapper Albee Al, was recently released from the Bergen County Correctional Center after pleading guilty to a charge of pointing a weapon at someone, according to his attorney, Jay Surgent.
Albee Al says a new deal with Empire records is giving him the chance to trade New Jersey’s most dangerous streets for a recording studio.
Albee Al says, “I turn my negatives into positives. I am a real success story. I am a product of my environment. I am not only changing my life, but others as I go along. I have a story to tell. It’s just me a boy from the projects with a story to tell.”
Hot 97, DJ Drewski pulled off one of the biggest surprises of the year when he brought out Cardi B on stage at the Summer Jam Festival. The multi-platinum superstar jumped on the song with drill artist Dougie B, and the crowd went wild.
Drewski says the Hip-Hop subgenre of drill continues to thrive, despite concerns about violence. The New York and New Jersey scene is expanding with artists like the multi-dimensional Ron Suno, Atlantic records’ 22GZ, Brooklyn’s Ciggy, Blacc, and AMG records, baby ATM.
Atlantic recording artist Sha, EK celebrated making Billboard’s Heat Seekers chart with dinner at a Midtown restaurant.
DJ Drewski says, “It’s still going, we’re still getting young drill artists, we’re still getting artists like DD Osama who’s 16, 17 years old, signed to major record labels outside of drill music.”
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