Back On The Map: Rappers On The Current State Of Hip-Hop In Long Beach

Jan. 20, 2014 / By

When people think of where hip-hop comes from, the West Coast is probably on the top of that list. While that’s true, Long Beach might not be a city that first comes to people’s minds in 2014.

In the 80s and 90s hip-hop was something synonymous with the city of Long Beach. Big-name artists like Snoop Dogg (now known as Snoop Lion), Dr. Dre, Warren G, Nate Dogg and an even longer list of artists put the city on the map in terms of hip-hop music.

These days Long Beach’s hip-hop scene has died down and most people, even many Long Beach residents, don’t seem to know much about the hip-hop scene.

Even though music shows have died down, chances are that almost every person in Long Beach is connected with a rapper– whether it be their close friend, an acquaintance or a friend of some guy they met one time at the transit mall, someone knows someone who raps.

In the video above, Voicewaves interviewed a number of up-and-coming Long Beach hip-hop artists to see how they felt about the current state of hip-hop in the city and where they think the future lays.

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Chelcee Bunkley

Chelcee Bunkley is 22 year old college freshman attending Long Beach City College and a Southern California native, living in Long Beach since 2009. Chelcee is passionate about film-making, writing, and photography and looks forward to the challenges and victories that come with being an independent filmmaker, freelance photographer and writer. She is an active volunteer at the Gay and Lesbian Center of Long Beach. She hopes to tell stories that will help people in some form, whether it be with knowledge of resources, emotionally, or any other way possible.