Monthly Archives: May 2013

Charlotte’s Hip Hop Scene is Ready to Soar

There’s no question there’s something brimming under the surface. The door is open – we just have to step through it. The sound, soul, and culture that define us, Charlotte and the Carolinas, are just waiting to be defined. Biltmore Records is seizing the moment and beginning to capture the rare breed that is our “Carolina Sound.”

We are not the only ones who notice that our musical scene is a fledging bird about to take flight. Check out what other people are saying about Charlotte Hip-Hop. had this to say about our place in the music industry:

The best thing about Charlotte Hip-Hop is that it is sooo versatile. This versatility also obstructs Charlotte from placing its rap city tac on the hip-hop map.

The hip-hop sound of the Queen City is so dynamic that it has yet to be defined. I quite love this undefined quality of my city’s hip-hop music scene. However, when it comes to the music industry marketing machine, categorizing an artist into a particular genre (or in this case: identifying a unified sound of a city) is one of THE most essential components in the development of an effective music marketing campaign

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Creative Loafing also forecasted big change on the horizon before the DNC in this article

With Charlotte’s continued emergence as one of the nation’s fastest-growing and culturally evolving cities, it seems shocking that her urban streets have still yet to produce a serious hip-hop scene. That used to be the case for other major cities in the New South too, like Atlanta and Miami, but the rap wave washed over them around the turn of the 21st Century and they have been major players ever since.

Now, in a year when our nation turns its eyes to Charlotte for a political convention, people should also open their ears, because there are suddenly fresh beats and rhymes bouncing around the Queen City. And this could be the dawning of a new era of music in this sprawled out metropolis.

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Charlotte was the focus of a Hip-Hop documentary during the 2010 CIAA Convention as covered by

Charlotte’s Hip-Hop scene is like so many other places that I’ve seen in my travels, director Mehka told They have their own style and celebrities, but have yet to break into the mainstream largely in part to its location and small town perception.”

The goal of Crown Royalty is to expose Charlotte’s thriving music scene, which Mehka believes has been unfairly overlooked. I hope this documentary shines a spotlight not only Charlotte, North Carolina but all the ‘Charlottes’ of the world,” director Mehka explained to

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