15 Crews That Defined New York Rap

In a city that’s as cutthroat as they come, New Yorkers are required to adopt a sense of resiliency from an early age. When nothing is given and everything has to be earned, or even taken, to ensure survival, self-sufficiency is paramount. But an equally tactical way to navigate the terrain is to find strength in numbers. The same mentality bleeds into the city’s rap scene, as artists band together to create crews and collectives to collaborate with like-minded individuals while moving as a unit. Often, these connections are happenstance and occur organically; other times, they are calculated chess moves that are mutually beneficial and occur with the passage of time…


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