So Pitchfork has a pretty cool series called 5-10-15-20 where artists breakdown their favorite songs at each five-year interval of their lives. Pusha T’s edition is up today, and his story mirrors the overlooked history of Virginia Beach hip-hop.
In high school, I was listening to Biggie, Nas, Jay-Z, all the way out. Me and Pharrell were die-hard Nas fans. I loved the art of his picture painting. I was just dumbfounded. But we were hanging out with 100% dope boys– these guys were official– and they would say things to me like, “How the fuck you like that man? He’s on TV with an Army jacket on– don’t do that!” So I had to pay attention to Jay-Z because the fresh, older guys were all Jay-Z die-hards. And by the time Big hit, that was the ultimate. It was street hip-hop time, 100%. I remember seeing Puff and Biggie standing on the corner outside of clubs in Virginia Beach. There was a story about Big not wanting to perform at this club that was run by a major local dope boy, and the dope boys came in, like, “Nah, you gonna get on the stage.”
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