I had an early morning thought -- I was wondering, did you mean hip-hop artists that were born here, and ply their trade elsewhere, or hip-hop artists that live here, and are part of a hip-hop artist community? Two very different issues, with two very different impacts. I am talking about the lack of a creative community of any real substance, in any field that requires creativity -- software, advertising, music, painting, medical device research, architecture, media (including games) -- you name it, I don't think it is here, with negative implications on quality of life in ways that just aren't appreciated. If there is a thriving hip-hop community, that attracts talent from across the country, then I am wrong. If you are talking about home grown talent that has moved on, then that isn't what I meant. Great for us -- just doesn't lead to valuing creativity.
Yea I meant the ones that move on to the big-time. No doubt these people are creative, they just choose to leave for success rather than stay and benefit the local scene. If they decided to use their clout and money to do something big-time here, like a hip-hop version of SxSW, that would great. It would also be a great thing for hip-hop, which in my opinion needs a major overhaul.