Bone Crusher says he helped make Atlanta Hip Hop a movement, says artists today need to “go back and study.”
When asked about the current state of Hip Hop in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, Bone Crusher was critical of the music coming out of his city. During an interview with Vlad TV, Bone Crusher called Atlanta Hip Hop “garbage” and shared his belief that it’s not “going in the right direction.”
He then gave props to OutKast and Organized Noize for paving the way for Atlanta Hip Hop. And according to Bone Crusher, Atlanta Hip Hop didn’t become a movement until he, T.I., Lil Jon, and the Ying Yang Twins came onto the scene.
“I don’t think it’s going in the right direction,” Bone Crusher said. “I think it’s garbage really. What happened is that the children—It’s like right now it’s a [fine]. When we did it it was no Atlanta scene. It wasn’t none of that. We had OutKast and Organized [Noize]. They were great, man. They did wonderful things for this city. But it wasn’t a movement until Tip and me and Jon and Ying Yang. And we came in and made it of the street. Where OutKast and Organized made you at a higher level, which is amazing. And we needed that. We brought the street, the real gritty, gritty street to it. And that made everybody go crazy.”
Bone Crusher went on to explain that Hip Hop artists from Atlanta lack a respect for the work that was put in before them. He then encouraged them to “go back and study more” and learn the basic principles of record-making.
The rapper then offered a reminder that music isn’t about money and is instead about doing something you enjoy.
“Now the hole is so big it’s sort of like how your mama and daddy they so rich,” he said. “You don’t know why they so rich and you don’t care. All you know is you got a car. You got a house. You got a pool in the back. And now you don’t respect it as much. You ever heard the old saying ‘Daddy’s babies, babies maybe?’ And that’s what it is…I remember when there was no rap on the radio in Atlanta. No rap, period…At the end of the day, these cats—I don’t like it. I think that they should go back and study more. I think they should learn basic principles of how to make a record. And I think they should enjoy music more. Because music is what it’s all about. It ain’t about money. If you enjoy your craft, money will come in abundance.”
Bone Crusher was one of a handful of Atlanta-based artists and music industry insiders to appear in VH1’s newly-released documentary, ATL: The Untold Story Of Atlanta’s Rise In The Rap Game. During his interview with Vlad TV, he expressed his appreciation for being cast in the film and said it was a “beautiful” experience.