9th Wonder (@9thWonderMusic): “Crabs In A Barrel: The Downfall of NC Hip Hop” (Commentary)

**Update**: 9th Wonder’s full reply has been added below.

If you’re outside of the North Carolina hip hop scene then I’m about to put y’all on to something. And if you’re based here I’m sure y’all didn’t expect me to sit back and not post this. Some might see it as airing NC’s dirty laundry but folks need to be aware of what’s happening here. Maybe other hip hop scenes are experiencing what we’re going through and might learn something.The North Carolina hip hop scene is going through some growing pains. A bone of contention lately has been Grammy award-winning producer 9th Wonder and the view point of some that “9th don’t help NOBODY in NC”. That’s a direct quote.

 

Well it’s gotten to the point now where the man himself, 9th Wonder, posted a longggg message on the North Carolina hip hop Facebook page.

Yes, my hip hop friends, our scene is at the point of becoming the elementary school playground.This is a long post. But to get the gist you really need to read 9th Wonder’s entire response and the preceding thread that started it all.

 

Now if the “9th don’t help NOBODY in NC” folks would really pay attention, he dropped all kinds of knowledge in his response.

 

This is why I tagged this post with the label ‘Hip Hop x Education’. Being given reputable knowledge is way more priceless than “being put on”.“First ask yourself…what is the definition of being “ON” like Nanci-O asked. I think ALOT of misinformation runs around the triangle though to stir up alot of things.

 

First….KING MEZ is not signed to me(go to iwwmgroup.com to find out …exactly WHO is signed to me.)

Second, bringing BIG artists, A&Rs and such is NOT an easy task. The closest thing we had to something like that was SMES, and that was eventually moved to SC.

3rd, lets take a look at the NATIONAL artists I’ve worked with(Banner, Luda, Jay-Z, Mary J Blige, Destiny’s Child, Badu), takes an ARM and THREE LEGS to get those folk down here, period.

When we started as Little Brother, NO ONE came here…….NO…..ONE……we utilized the internet as much as possible, made the RIGHT decisions, stuck to OUR sound, didn’t worry about ANYONE else and stayed to OUR business, 3 things ALOT of NC artists have a VERY HARD TIME WITH. We were called, backback, underground, fake wu-tang, ALL types of wild shit, just because we BELIEVED in our sound, and knew where to find OUR fanbase.

ONE person can not help the scene if there are TONS of artists in the scene that don’t want to listen, nor want to work…EVERYDAY. For me…this is year number 10..TEN….of working ALL DAY…everyday….sometimes 18 hrs a day, and I teach my artists the SAME way.

The funny thing is, as much as I’ve done and tried to help people with advice, LONG talks on the phone, etc, etc…..there are STILL some bitter, jealous, immature, need to grow up people hear that focus on the WRONG things instead of taking the TIME, The DISCIPLINE, and the flat out work to BUILD A BRAND instead of FOLLOWING THE LATEST trend.

When Petey Pablo was doing his thing, I didn’t say “oh Petey help me”…I’m a MAN bro…I help MYSELF to do as MUCH as I CAN FIRST.
Truth be told….all of the people that say I need to do this and that….LET THEM GET HALF OF THE ACCOLADES I HAVE and SEE HOW THEY ACT.
YALL think they would be humble, still stay in NC, still do local events, still talk to cats?? HELL NO!!!!!

That ONE JAY-Z CO-SIGN WILL SEND HALF OF THE NIGGAS PACKING and JETTING to NEW YORK…………Here are some VERY SIMPLE STEPS TO SUCCESS…1.LISTEN, TAKE NOTES, and WATCH AND OBSERVE ALL CREWS who have a BRAND, and MAKE GREAT MUSIC, and STOP BEING ANGRY, BITTER, JEALOUS, MANNING UP, ask for ADVICE. Stop worrying about if you are DICKRIDING SOMEBODY if you wanna ASK for advice, GROWN MEN LEARN HOW TO BUILD, NETWORK AND TALK TO EACH OTHER…..2.QUIT BLAMING 9th WONDER FOR WHY YOU HAVENT MADE IT…again……QUIT BLAMING 9th WONDER FOR WHY YOU HAVEN’T MADE IT…one more time….QUIT BLAMING ME WHY YOU HAVENT HAD ANY LEVEL OF SUCCESS….LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND FIND OUT WHAT YOU ARE DOING WRONG, BECAUSE I NEVER BLAMED ANY OF YALL WHEN I WAS SLEEPING ON COUCHES AND SELLING BEATS FOR 50 DOLLARS, DOING BEAT RAFFLES…..TRADING SMOOTHIES FOR BAGELS TO EAT, and RIDING DE WOLFLINE ALLLLLLLLLL THE TIME………..when you don’t even KNOW HOW YOU WANT TO MAKE IT……

3.STOP LEAVING AFTER YOU PERFORM AT LOCAL SHOWS….CHEER ON THE NEXT MAN…..SHOW RESPECT…………

4.LEARN HOW TO TAKE CRITICISM, STOP POINTING THE FINGER, LOOK IN THE MIRROR, STOP PULLING THE NEXT MAN DOWN IF HE/SHE MAKES IT,

5.RECOGNIZE WHO THE LEADERS OF THE NC MOVEMENT IS, FALL BACK AND PLAY A ROLE WHERE YOU CAN ACTUALLY HELP INSTEAD OF WANTING TO BE “THE MAN”,

6.STOP talking the SAME LAME EXCUSE OVER AND OVER, PULL UP THEIR OWN BOOT STRAPS and HIT THE MUTHAFUCKIN STUDIO 24/7/365 and BUILD YOUR OWN BRAND……..

7. QUIT COMPETING WITH PEOPLE IN YOUR AREA……YOUR COMPETION IS OUT THERE!!!!!!

8. THE UNIVERSE CONTAINS KARMA……AS LONG AS YOU CONTINUE TO HATE…HATE WILL COME YOUR WAY…10 FOLD….DONT BURN BRIDGES…….YOU CAN NEVER CROSS THEM AGAIN IF YOU DO…….

9.AGAIN…QUIT BEING BITTER ABOUT STUFF FROM THE PAST…9 TIMES OUTTA 10 it PROBABLY WAS YOUR FAULT ANYWAY…BY LISTENING TO PEOPLE who HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT…

10.HIT THE MUTHAFUCKIN BLOGS to FIND OUT WHATS REALLY GOING ON AND STOP WATCHING TV and LISTENING TO THE RADIO…….

11.TREAT YOUR LATEST SUCCESS LIKE ITS ONLY A STEPPING STONE….IF YOU GET A WRITE UP SOMEHWHERE…..USE THAT AS MOTIVATION……

12.LEARN WHO ARE THE O.G.s are IN RDU HIP-HOP…they have ALLLLL the ADVICE IN THE WORLD…..when you do…JUST SHUT THE FUCK UP AND LISTEN….DONT TALK….BRING PEN AND PAPER AND LISTEN…..
THE SOONER YOU GET THESE STEPS DOWN……THE BETTER OF YOU AND YOUR CAREER WILL BE…and THE BETTER OFF NC WILL BE………PERIOD..

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