Buzzfeed, it might be a good idea to point out that that .03% statistic is from a satirical article. Although the website name is a pretty good clue. But come on, don’t be that guy.
Funkmaster Flex is only famous in New York? Maybe among this lousy Millennial generation. But dude had four gold albums, and was the biggest DJ in the country for a good stretch.
For the record, Jean Grae has been in the game since well before the early 2000s. Her original group, Natural Resource, was dropping singles and killing live shows throughout New York and beyond since the mid-90s. I remember, because What? What? was my dream girl back then.
Blah. Despite the half dozen great books in this list, this is garbage. In your 20s you should be reading great books, not zeitgeisty crap. I don’t think the authors of 90% of these would even suggest that they were books that “need” to be read.
I’m not being elitist, I just grew up in North Jersey and know where the pulse was. Half these groups aren’t from NJ, almost all of the others are from South Jersey (except WI/FS and Lauryn Hill), and NJ isn’t all white and rock and roll. As far as people from Jersey, writing songs about Jersey, beloved in Jersey, if the list goes past Springsteen and Bon Jovi, it has to include Redman or it’s bogus.
What guy is that?
Weak. Bouncing Souls, really?
Where’s Redman, the Artifacts, Lords of the Underground, the Outsidaz?
Respect to Bruce Springsteen, but the rest of the real spirit of New Jersey comes from the Bricks.