I'm from the South. Growing up, the only way I knew about artists like Big Daddy Kane, Eric B. & Rakim, Tribe, etc was through TV. On the local radio, you were always going to hear stuff like Poison Clan, 12 Gauge, 69 Boyz, and of course Uncle Luke. But as the new millenium kicked off, Southern rap was getting more mainstream play, no longer treated like a red headed stepchild (whatever that means).
When TI dropped this gem earlier this decade, I was like OMG. It took me back to rolling out with my high school patnas, just hearing that real straight Southern I'm on my grind, I don't give a shit about you, I'm getting mines type music. I literally wore rubberbands at work the next day to purposedly drawn attention to myself. And they asked why the Rubberbands, I promptly replied "they representing the struggle Mane." Get yo' mind right!
TI - Rubberband Man