Compiled by Shirley Ju (@shirju), edited by Grouchy Greg @grouchygreg
Flash Gottii is a man with undeniable energy. His goal is to bring a lot of energy with his music, which comes to light on stage when he performs at Made In America or as an opening act for Trippie Redd. Beyond that he’s an extremely persistent person, who refuses to give up on anything he does.
Under management with Wack 100 who manages Blueface and signed to eOne, Flash plans to become the biggest artist this industry has ever seen. With the versatility to sing, rap, and hold a melody, you can hardly box him into any one category. He says so himself, “I don’t want to be in one genre of music, I want to be in all genres.”
At the core, Flash just loves to make music and have fun — two essential parts of the job description.
Billyracxx is hip-hop’s newest obsession.
Best known for his out-of-the-box sound and cinematic visuals, the Florida-bred, Houston-based rapper is here to break barriers in the rap game. This means pairing his standout records with the utmost highest quality of music videos.
While H-Town serves as his home the past decade, Billy can hardly be boxed into the city’s sound and style.
His lyrics are gritty and emotional, teaming up with CHASETHEMONEY on his album RELIGION. Each of the 8 tracks from the project were entirely written and conceptualized by Billyracxx himself.
While a lot of people in the music industry view Billy as an alien or alternative artist, he just wants to be someone who is super influential, “an intentional creative.”
When asked to describe himself, Billy states, “That’s literally something I’m still exploring. I’m still seeing how deep I can take this.”
The Opioid Era
Don’t let the name The Opioid Era fool you. Hailing from Virginia, the rap group is comprised of three spitters: King Kong Gotcha, Ambassador Rick, and Grunge Gallardo.
Their music will appeal to those who love the Griselda sound and fans will recall The Opioid Era’s 2018 banger “The Foundation” with Benny the Butcher.
Since then, The Opioid Era has unleashed records chock-full of substance, meaning, and authentic hip-hop down to the core.
Per the Center for Disease Control, over 17K Americans died from prescription opioids in 2017 alone.
While substance abuse remains a public health emergency, The Opioid Era is here to turn that negative into a positive. Their music consists of real-life stories from their experiences in the streets, infused with the realities of addiction and dependency.
In this day in age of trap rappers, this rap trio sticks to their roots and never falters from their truth.
By painting the picture of the dire consequences that come with substance abuse, The Opioid Era is able to save lives all across the world through their music.
One thing they’re adamant about is being solo artists before the group came together.
King Kong Gotcha was the official DJ for The Clipse, Ambassador Rick collaborated with Rick Ross on “I’m Like That,” and Grunge Gallardo has been a staple in Virginia’s local scene for years.
Trav has been making music for years, and actually used to hang with world-renowned rap star 50 Cent. Trav’s older brother had a tight bond with the “In Da Club” rapper, which led to their close association with 50’s famed G-Unit collective.
Fast forward some years, Trav wanted to focus on his artistry.
The Queens, NY native has collaborations with everyone from Travis Scott to Meek Mill. His debut solo mixtape, “The Way I See It,” put up numbers with half-a-million downloads. “Follow Me” spawned the breakout “Ride The Wave,” which got the remix treatment from Juelz Santana and Lloyd Banks.
He joined Sean Kingston on tour with Justin Bieber, and Kingston featured on the single “Up and Down.” 2017’s Qrak racked up over 2 million cumulative streams and boasted bangers like “Blow My High” [feat. Meek Mill], “Rolled Up” [feat. Belly & Tory Lanez], “Counted Me Out” [feat. Jim Jones], and “Bando” [feat. Lil Durk]. He teased his next chapter with the 2019 anthem “Called It” [feat. Nav] which racked up 1 million-plus streams.
Trav is currently under management with Sal, who manages The Weeknd.
K’ona Lisa is next up to take over the female rap game. Describing herself as a “hard a## artist,” the Houston native is first and foremost a mom and a wife, married for 7 years with 4 beautiful girls. But don’t let that distract you from her music, K’ona makes bangers.
Whether she’s singing or rapping, the 25-year-old takes her craft very seriously. When she raps, she likes to “pop a lot of s##t,” she adds with a chuckle. When she sings, she hopes to use her voice to connect with emotions. Whatever lyrics escape her mouth, she likes for other people to say it too — giving her reassurance knowing they’re feeling it also.
Carl Crawford – nicknamed “The Perfect Storm” – is also known to be the one who discovered Megan Thee Stallion, investing $1.5 million into jumpstarting her career.
Now, he puts that same trust and passion into his newest signee, K’ona Lisa. Currently, her single “Lit Lit” has been taking over airwaves and strip clubs across town, a record produced by Houston legend June The Jenius.
Fat Meech proves you don’t have to be from Atlanta to be able to hold a melody in hip-hop. The South Central Los Angeles native has been through a lot, especially coming up in neighborhoods filled with gangs, crime, violence, you name it. But luckily, music would be his saving grace.
The “Brothers” rapper lists Mac Dre and E-40 as his biggest influences, two of the biggest spitters to come out of the Bay Area. Now, he plans to create his own legacy by creating heartfelt rap records for his growing fanbase.
Louis King is far more than just a rapper, he’s an activist trying to make a difference in this world — specifically prison reform.
The Los Angeles native describes himself as his latest project: De la West Los.
Hailing from the Westside of LA, Louis is here to make music to uplift the people. He states, “To tell a story of a street dude who’s striving to inspire the youth, the people in my community, and around the world… on some G-s##t though.”
His Instagram bio alone reads: hip-hop touring artist, award-winning creative, world-class athlete, and educator. Aside from his own webpage and music, it also includes the link for aim4theheart.org which implements community-based programs in schools and prisons to give at-risk youth an outlet to express themselves through art. AIM is founded by Leila Steinberg who first discovered Tupac Shakur.
Louis was prone to head down the wrong path given his environment, but he also had football to hold on to. Suddenly, he became known as a spitter on campus as he juggled being a national champion running back.
His life experiences overcoming obstacles and hardships in itself is what drives him to record in the studio any chance he can.
Serving as tour manager for Earl Sweatshirt, Louis has traveled to over 20 countries with artists like Anderson .Paak, Thundercat, Erykah Badu, The Outlawz, and Solange. In addition, he releases more music in one year than any other artist in the rap game. Somehow, he still manages to play father figure to his one-year-old daughter (his number one priority).
Regardless, his whole mantra is to encourage the youth to pursue their wildest dreams and work hard until they get there.
YSN Flow is 16 and living the life as a rapper, although he applies his own pressure.
With over 81 million streams and counting, the Ohio recording artist went viral after the release of ”Want Beef” — building a real organic fanbase beyond just his hometown of Cleveland Heights.
Truly one of the youngest in the industry as of today, YSN Flow, real name Kamron Ford, sees himself at the top of the top.
Killing it independently with the help of his momager, YSN Flow describes himself as “the f##king greatest. For real for real, I just want to make a name and inspire the youth.”
With his fanbase growing daily, Ford plans on finishing his high school curriculum online. As far as being a teenager, the studio is his playground — and he wouldn’t have it any other way. Most recently, he released the remix to Roddy Ricch’s “The Box,” doing the record justice just like Roddy.
YSN Flow’s#### video ‘Got Beef’ has received over 13 million Youtube views. Along with over 15 Million Spotify streams this year. He has already gained the attention of DaBaby, NLE Choppa & more, while quickly setting the bar for buzzing young rappers.
Fireman Band$ describes himself as “a fireball, mixed with love and passion.”
Literally. Beyond the explosive energy in his music, his physical appearance demands attention in any given situation.
Rocking a Balenciaga shirt, fire-themed pants, fire nail polish, fire face tats, and red dreads (also reminiscent of fire), the Brooklyn bred rapper arrives in Los Angeles eager to chase his dreams in the music industry.
The “Lose It” artist is also CEO of his own collective titled Green Light Gang, which hails the mantra: “everything is a go!” In order to achieve greatness, you have to go for it. The green light reminds you there are no boundaries in life. Fireman has recently been locked in the studio perfecting his craft, tapping in with standout producers such as 808 Mafia and Bankroll Got It.
YK Toon might be one of the realist new rappers to come out of Houma, Louisiana (or the surrounding areas). At only 18 years old, he has the streets on lock through both music and just who he is as a person. With a mother who’s lived damn near everywhere on the map, Toon became known in every hood he stopped through.
But the music thing took off in the most organic way possible. Through independent releases, specifically “City Rollin” and “Free Ziggy,” Toon quickly proved why he has the talents to make it in the big leagues. His unique style transcends genres of hip-hop and trap, with melody as he tells stories of real-life experiences through his lyrics.
Baby Smoove is one of the hardest artists to come out of Detroit… period. As one of the leaders of the underground scene in his city, the “Kane” rapper has established his own distinct style and sound, with a one-of-a-kind flow that stands out amongst his peers.
When it comes to his biggest influences, he states, “My personality is more Gucci Mane, but my real artistry’s more Lil Wayne.”
Smoove stays true to himself in all that he does, allowing his personality to shine to his 142K followers on Instagram. Last year alone, the 24-year-old released 4 projects: Baby, Flawless, Mr.Perfect, and Purple Heart, each one showcasing a different aspect of his personality. With bangers such as “Akorn” going crazy on both Youtube (5.8 million views) and Spotify (2 million streams), he continues to feed his fans with nothing short of bangers.
16-year-old DCG Shun, 17-year-old DCG Bsavv, and 22-year-old DCG Msavv are the new hottest rappers to come out of Chicago. Growing up on the Westside of the Chi, the 3 youngin’s rap about real life experiences and the reality of life coming up in the trenches. Each individual adds their own personality and style of rapping, coming together to create nothing less short of bangers.
DCG used to stand for Durk City Generals, after one of their cousins who passed away. While they’ll never shy away from their roots and where they come from, they decided to change their name for the positive in hopes of influencing the masses.
Their biggest song to date is “OK,” which currently has over 1.2 million views on Youtube and counting. The record actually began while Shun was in prison, finishing the rest while he was fresh out. Having his run-ins in the law has given him the motivation and drive to commit to music full-time.
Bsavv is a father too a beautiful 2-year-old, while Msavv remembers being shot twice as a kid. All three are influenced by the likes of Lil Wayne, Drake, Lil Uzi, Gucci Mane, and fellow Chicago native G Herbo. They collectively state, “nobody’s f##king with us.”
Bobby Fishscale has officially joined the talented Roc Nation roster.
To celebrate, he released The Last Re-Up EP. The Quincy, Florida native is best known for his flawless delivery and witty lyricism, with a growing fanbase that can appreciate hip-hop.
The project has features from artists like Bigga Rankin, Peewee Longway, DJ Rel, Jimbo, Mook Boy, and Tafia.
On top of the signing and EP release, Fischale debuts his debut documentary titled “A Day In The Bricks” shot and edited by X NTRO4K.
The short film gives a first-hand glimpse into life growing up in Quincy, and how he ended up at Jay Z’s label. From the struggle to the studio, Fishscale is on his way to becoming a household name.
Lil Bam is next up out of Birmingham, Alabama. Calling himself “the motherf##king Don,” which is also tattooed on his stomach, Lil Bam, real name Keshawn Hampton claims to be “the rawest rapper out of Birmingham.
The smooth-talking assassin, the hustlin’ Prince Charming. While there are a lot of “raw people out from the Bram,” Bam just likes to talk his s##t.
The 21-year-old’s biggest song to date is his most recent “Julio” single, who’s music video recently hit over a million views — completely independent. The song pays tribute to football player Julio Jones, who played college ball at Alabama before making his mark with the Atlanta Falcons — paralleling Bam’s exact life journey as he moved to Atlanta at age 18.
Beyond that, the record recently got an explosive remix from Rick Ross and viral sensation Jucee Froot. This follows the success of his EP Airport Baby released earlier this year, which accumulated over 4 million streams to date.
Signed to MBK4L Records and AWAL/Kobalt music, Bam is on the brink of breaking through to the mainstream.
Brooklyn, New York is home to some of rap’s biggest names, and HDBeenDope aims to be own. Having been working on music for 8 years now, it was at age 16 when he decided this would be his end-be-all. He states, “I use music as my expression, that’s really what it is for me.”
When it comes to his actual raps, he brings that East Coast swag and lyricism, telling real-life, honest stories of his upbringing and what it took to get to where he is today. When it comes to touring, he had the pleasure of opening for one of the biggest rock bands, Portugal. The Man. The opportunity itself speaks volumes to his talents and what he brings to the rap game.
Most recently, he released his new album titled BrokeN Dreams, recorded and produced almost entirely inside his bedroom in New York.
Goonew is in his own lane with his own unique sound. Nowadays, it’s hard to stand out in the rap game. Everybody sounds like each other, everybody tries to chase that #1 hit, everyone is rapping about the same s##t. But Goonew enters with what some people call his “whisper rap flow,” bringing listeners into his environment in Maryland and putting on for his city of Forrest Creek any chance he can.
Boasting 135K followers on Instagram and counting, Goonew is nicknamed “the biggest goon,” a name that was given to him by his mother when he was a little boy. Overall, he describes himself as “a normal, regular person who likes to get money off rap.” In fact, he’s achieved much success doing things independently — with fans voicing their opinion on not wanting him to sign to a major.
Goonew unleashed his most meaningful project to date: Big 64 2. Off the rip, the intro track “Life Story” speaks volumes, offering an introspective look into his real life.
A1Beam is here to prove himself in the rap game, while putting on for Baltimore. Doing everything completely independent, the 24-year-old arrives with his own sound, own raps, and own swag. He states, ”I produce my own beats, I make my own videos, I engineer my own music. I do everything myself.”
With 42.5K followers on instagram and counting, Beam is quickly proving why he’s one of the hottest artists and producers to come out of Bmore. With a father who was a musician, he spent his lunch breaks and off days in high school recording music and shooting music videos. He was also an all-star athlete, who was actually on the path to play college football.
The turning point in his life arrived when he was unjustly shot by a police officer while recording a music video. Since then, he’s made it a point to chase his dreams for the long run, with music being his end-be-all. With Beam actually being part of his last name, the “Walk” rapper pushes his #NLU mantra, which stands for Never Let Up.
Young Trap is one of the many talented artists to come out of Memphis, Tennessee, and he plans on taking his career all the way to the top.
Currently residing in Los Angeles, the rapper not only hustles in the rap game, but with his multiple businesses as well. While he’s recording music on the daily, he also runs a tax business and sells cars.
Getting his start as a teenager as part of Memphis crew Da Ridahz, the group went on to release 2 albums both produced by Drumma Boy. After moving to the A, Trap released his debut solo album titled Money Talk, via his own label Debonaire Music Group.
Trap also released his most fire project yet: Betrayed. All 7 tracks were recorded and mixed by Tommy D Daugherty, who also mixed Tupac’s standout Makaveli project.
Dtheflyest has what most artists can only dream of: a Lil Baby feature. Beyond that, the official music video for “Fugazi” currently has over 19.6 million views on Youtube and counting — completely organic and independent. The record itself is a certified banger, with D showcasing his ability to rap with trap melodies in his bars and hooks.
The crazy part is, the Brockton, Massachusetts native only started rapping two to three years ago. He states, “I have a passion for rap, feeling the music.” It was his manager who out of the blue one day told him he should start rapping. While he claims he wasn’t good to begin with, after practicing and practicing he began to get better and become more comfortable.
D is adamant on using his voice to do something positive and create change, doing his part when it comes to the recent acts of racism and police brutality.
Kayo Genesis is here to make sure real hip-hop is alive and well. Boasting 21.8K followers and counting, the Palmdale native describes himself as a leader into the new world order, voice of the people, sigma, activist, rapper, and creative director. His current Instagram bio reads, “If you knew what I could do, you’d try to hire me. I’m what tomorrow looks and sounds like.”
In 2018, Kayo released his standout record “Woke,” which speaks volumes to the current times. Soon after, he followed it up with his debut album titled Bad Sushi, which quickly accumulated over one million streams spearheaded by singles “Distance” and “Hometown.” At the end of last year, he teamed up with BIA in an explosive Asian-inspired “Edible” visual.
In 2020, he continues to bless his fans with meaningful music and content. His latest single “Circulate” sees himself in New York City carrying a 90’s era aesthetic we all know and love. Regardless, he continues to push the narrative and spirit with his progressive music style.
Willy Cardiac is here to bridge South Africa and the States. Recently turning 19-years-old, he’s already well on his way to fulfill this very mission, serving as the second African artist on RADAR, Spotify’s global emerging artists program featuring artists from over 50 markets around the universe.
Willy describes himself as “a trap and mosh pit sensation from Africa. I’m bringing the trap vibes from Africa to the whole world, that’s what I’m trying to do.” While most African artists can be a superstar in their home countries, the majority don’t get recognized on a global scale.
It was his 2017 debut single “Sippy Dippy” that would become an instant viral sensation, dubbing his growing fanbase the Willy Gang. Fast forward to 2020, his single “Fan of Me” arrived as the perfect blend of high energy and Trap&B, embodying thump, rhythm and a fire verse from Eric Bellinger.
Trapboy Freddy is here to take over the rap game, putting on for his hometown of Oak Cliff, Texas. Coming from humble beginnings in the streets and hustling by any means necessary, the rapper quickly gained attention by taking over nightclubs and strip clubs in his city. His music speaks volumes to his character, someone who rose from the trenches and found music to be his one-way ticket out.
Most recently, Freddy linked up with fellow Oak Cliff native Yella Beezy for an entire project titled I’m My Brother’s Keeper.
The project comes equipped with 13 hard-hitting bangers, including visuals for “Raccs” and “Ride.” This follows the success of last year’s “Lil Quita,” which hails over 5.1 million views on Youtube and counting. The record even caught the attention of the legendary Erykah Badu, who invited Freddy to perform the record at her birthday party. Real recognize real.
YHN HammerTime hails from 3 different countries, originating from Sierra Leone, West Africa. Coming from humble beginnings, the multi-cultured rapper has been through the most: surviving a gruesome civil war and witnessing much death and disparity.
Speaking on the reality of being from a third world country, he states, “Whatever poverty country that you think of, it’s pretty much everything right there.”
Now, YHN Hammertime, real name Mohamed Sesay is here to tell his story from Africa, London, and America. Coming to the DMV area at age 17, he will be celebrating a decade in the States come next year. While there was no culture shock due to prior experiences living in different places, he injects real-life experiences and storytelling into his lyrics, detailing everything from the pain to the success.
YHN stands for Young Hustle Nation, with HammerTime playing the CEO to his own independent label. After a short hiatus, he unleashed singles “Back At It Again” and “Lift Off” — declaring his worth in the rap game once and for all. Check out his record “Ride 4 Me.”
Lil Cobaine is a rising artist out of Dallas, Texas, who’s going through the motions of life like the rest of us. With the honesty and vulnerability in his lyrics, he’s able to inject emotion and feeling into each one of his records.
Inspired by Nirvana’s unique style, sound, and ability to tell stories, Cobaine embodies the definition of an individual who’s trying to find his way — while pursuing his dreams of being one of the greats.
Cobaine’s ability to sing and harmonize over guitar riffs offers a breath of fresh air in the music industry, creating meaningful records for his growing fanbase. His sound is very ethereal, and he has carved his own sound as “trip disco pop.” The artist, producer, and songwriter wears a lot of hats, working with a slew of creatives who are on their way up as well.
The 23-year-old states, “I like working with artists who aren’t poppin’ yet. I’m almost an A&R damn near, that’s been my thing. Trying to find new stuff that works while incorporating it into mine.”
If you love the CityGirls, then you love Piggy. Introducing the newest, hottest rapper out of Cleveland, Ohio, The “Go Fren” recording artist has the sweetest sound. She’s a laidback, chill, “don’t take no s##t” kind of gal.
Staying in her lane and minding her own business has allowed her to rap freely and create bangers that listeners can’t get enough of, a complete 180 from her previous life.
She states, “I grew up seeing people get killed, a typically hood story basically. I grew up fighting, I was a fighter. I’m trying to overcome that now, change and not let that define who I am.”
Play any of Piggy’s records, and you’ll without a doubt feel the energy, the bars, the attitude, and the vibe. These aren’t just bangers, there are bad b##ch anthems.
With songs like “Mustache,” she’s heard talking her s##t that’s both ratchet and classy at the same damn time. With a nice little buzz in her city, Piggy is well on her way to prove she can spit just as hard as all these rappers today.
Wallie the Sensei
Wallie the Sensei is the next to blow out of Compton, California. Coming out of the underground rap scene in his city, the West Coast spitter released his “No Love EP” earlier this year, spearheaded by breakout single “Scandalous.” From singing in church choirs to having his record being played on Power 106 (LA’s #1 Hip Hop radio station) organically speaks volumes to his talents, and he doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
Having only started recording a few years ago, the 25-year-old describes his upbringing in Compton as “fast-paced.” He adds, “It’s an urban area, some people would consider it the slums. A little difficult. It was great though in other ways, a lot of inspiration and talent there.”
When it comes to his sound, Wallie blends melody with pure hip-hop, drawing from personal experiences in his own life. Wallie hosted an epic Back To School Weekend event giving out food, haircuts, and school supplies for all the kids in his hometown. Even though he’s in the early stages of his career, Wallie’s already showing his love and genuine care to give back to the community, following in the footsteps of the great Nipsey Hussle.
Newly signed to Capitol Records, Wallie plans to breakthrough from the underground to the mainstream. At the top of this year, he released his standout single “Scandalous,” showcasing his pipes that stem from the church choir growing up. The crazy part is, he only started recording a few years ago.
YVS Village is only 19 years old and already getting some of the biggest cosigns in the game, from the likes of Kid Laroi and 24Kgoldn. Having been discovered by producer KBeaZy, the Philadelphia-born, Los Angeles-raised rapper uses music as an outlet to express himself — leading to an outpour of support from friends, families, and anyone who comes across his music.
He states, “I’m originally from Philly but came out here at 8 years old. I usually rep LA more because I was raised out here. I have memories and have family in Philly, that’s my hometown.”
Inspired by the likes of Lil Uzi Vert, DaBaby, and A$AP Rocky, Village creates energetic music for the masses to turn up and have fun to. His debut single “Rugrat” is quickly approaching a million views on Youtube. YVS Village proves exactly why he’s about to be a problem in the rap game.
Chow Mane is here to put on for the Bay Area, along with his Asian roots. Being a first generation Asian American, Chow Mane, real name Charles Yan is a rapper and producer hailing from San Jose, California, who received his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley Class of 2016.
With his breakout single “Chinatown” in 2017, he makes it a point to mix satire and comedy with hip-hop, poking fun at himself but also declaring his worth.
His bold lyrics exude confidence and steez, mixing in his own Chinese language as adlibs as he sees fit. Starting out producing, it was in high school when he began rapping and experimenting with various sounds. He states, “I’m Chinese/Viet. I try to incorporate that culture into my music, to get that across to both people within the community and people who aren’t familiar.”
Hugh Lee is “just a kid from Chicago,” with dreams of making it in the rap game. The rising, independent rapper prides himself in the substance of his lyrics, recounting real-life experiences from growing up in the projects. Effortlessly, he creates records for listeners to connect and relate to, overcoming the obstacles that come with being a black male from Chicago.
The moniker Hugh Lee derives from his Huley (first name Chris), broken up into two. He states, “I’m not the typical rapper, I’m more on the nerdy side. I’m from the West Side of Chicago, Austin neighborhood, telling that whole nostalgia of where I’m from.”
Beyond the music, Hugh is 2x Emmy-nominated, with a huge fascination in television and film. Earlier this year in March, he released his sophomore mixtape titled “CABRINI,” spearheaded by singles “Sawbuck” and “Carbrini.
Lil Romo hails from Englewood, Chicago, which means triumphing through the struggle. The 19-year-old rapper has overcome some of the hardest challenges life can offer, but music would be his outlet.
With Lil Wayne and Michael Jackson as his early influences, he carries a great appreciation for both lyricism and artistry — while putting on for his hometown and leaving the negativity behind.
Last year, Romo unleashed his breakout single “Let’s Do It,” with the official music video breaking a million streams. Soon after, he joined the EMPIRE family. When it comes to his rhymes, he speaks on real-life experiences from losing loved ones to gun violence to the reality of being a young black man growing up in the southside of Chicago.
Now, he returns with his debut project titled King Without A Crown, with the title speaking for itself. The 13-track project tells his story the only way he knows how, blending melody with his rapid-fire flow and giving fans meaningful lyrics they can relate to.
Rah Swish is here to make sure the Woo lives on forever. Specifically, his good friend and late rapper Pop Smoke, who was shot and killed in February 2020, inside a rental home in Los Angeles.
Describing himself as “legendary,” the Canarsie, Brooklyn native is one of the hottest rappers amidst the Brooklyn drill scene, here to finish what Pop Smoke started. When it comes to the Woo, he states, “The Woo doesn’t really have a definition because the Woo is a lifestyle. It’s not a one-person title, there’s a lot of us that live the same lifestyle. Come from the same area, background, struggle, and we living these lifestyles — so we are the Woos.”
Equipped with an undeniable level of litness, Rah Swish delivers that aggressive, hard-hitting flow while adding his own ad-libs and storytelling. Most recently, he blessed fans with his newest project titled WOO Forever, spearheaded by “Feel Like Pop” paying tribute to his late friend.
Hass Irv has “No Patience”… literally. Hailing out of New York, home to some of the illest rappers in the game, the West African artist puts his all into his music — creating nothing but bangers for his growing fanbase. Having spent time back home in Africa until age 7 when he moved back to Harlem, Hass Irv, real name Hassan Kone quickly became immersed in both the hip-hop and fashion scene.
Coming up in high school reselling sneakers, being surrounded by the culture led Hass to discover music would be his end-be-all. His bars are hard, his energy is turnt, his lyrics are gritty, his sound is one-of-a-kind. Plus, he already also has a rare cosign from Pusha T and a song placement on HBO’s Euphoria.
He describes himself as “the leader of the new school. An emerging artist who’s experimenting with a lot of new sounds, figuring out how to mix having fun with taking over the industry.”
Now, he finally unleashes his debut EP titled No Patience.
Elijah The Boy
Elijah The Boy is here to put on for real hip-hop, injecting pain and real-life struggles into his lyrics for the masses to relate to. Boasting 261K followers on Instagram alone, the South Bronx, New York native prides himself in wanting to put on for his family and making sure all his people eat around him.
Speaking on his environment coming up, he describes it as “a beauty in the struggle type thing. It was hard but it was lit at the same time. You grow up in a building with mad people so you got mad friends.”
Getting his start making music super young and growing up in the culture, the “Don’t Wanna Be In Love” artist credits his mom as his key inspiration. When you listen to his music, you can feel it — something he calls emotional attraction.
LaTruth is an anomaly in the music industry, here to prove you don’t have to be boxed into any one thing. The multi-talented rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, entrepreneur, and internet personality can do it all, accumulating over 100 million streams while still helping the success of other social media stars. The North Carolina native exploded onto the scene with his hilarious, viral skits oftentimes including his wife and children — pushing positivity and the importance of family life.
As the CEO of his own Viral Media Group and Fast Cash Records/Gswag Enterprises, the Atlanta native stays extremely busy releasing new music, filming his web series “Will He Cheat,” and even opening a storefront where he plans to host his official podcast and business seminars.
Most recently, LaTruth released his newest single titled “Don’t Disrespect” featuring the legendary Snoop Dogg, along with his R&B ballad titled “Drop It Low.”
Read below as we discuss LaTruth’s buzzing single “Drop It Low,” why black men don’t cheat, his relationship with his wife, the funniest video he’s done, how he linked with Snoop Dogg, the independent grind, studio essentials, opening a storefront in Georgia, and more!
Fash Cash Boyz
Fast Cash Boyz are the hottest new rap group out of Memphis.
Composed of neighborhood friends C-Money, TP Stacks, Money, and C Jizzle, the Tennessee natives exploded onto the rap scene with their debut mixtape “C.R.E.A.M.,” inspired by the famed Wu-Tang Clan song.
Becoming an instant hit in their hometown, the boys would go on to share the stage with the likes of fellow Memphis natives Young Dolph and Yo Gotti, Gucci Mane, and NBA Youngboy. The name Fast Cash Boyz derives from the fact that all 4 members were getting money at an early age, hustling and making bread by any means necessary.
Fast forward to 2020, FCB releases their highly-anticipated project F*ck the Cash Up, produced entirely by Tay Keith – someone they’ve known for damn near a decade. The 13-track tape is spearheaded by single “Bad Habits,” co-produced by Murda Beatz.
Saint Lamaar is only 18 years old and already living out his dreams on the daily. Hailing from the East side of Columbus, Ohio and growing up in the church, music has been a part of his life since he can remember. Now currently residing in Atlanta, the rising star has had the pleasure of working with Grammy-nominated producer Willy Will and Grammy-winning producer Wonder Arillo.
Inspired directly by real life experiences, music serves as an outlet for Lamaar, a way to express himself in his most vulnerable state. One thing about him is his relatability to the masses, proving he’s human just like the rest of the world. Doing everything independent and putting in the work to make it to the big leagues, Lamaar released the visual for his newest single titled “Word For The Hood.”
Young Lito is the next rapper to blow out of Brooklyn, New York. Wearing multiple hats from rapping to songwriting to hustling, the East Coast MC came up as a member of the B$B Crew alongside Troy Ave — but after the Irving Plaza shooting, Lito is moving on to the next chapter of his life.
Most recently, he unleashed his mixtape titled “Stay Inside (The Quarantine Tape),” equipped with 10 heartfelt tracks that speak to his current mindstate as well as the state of the rest of the world. As we’re all quarantined inside our homes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lito gives us hope that the dark times are only temporary.
With songs like “Glow” and “Man Down,” fans can’t help but gravitate towards his realness and authenticity.
Shortiie Raw is an independent female artist from Toronto, putting in the work and staying on her grind. Having been infatuated with music since the young age of 13, the rising star grew up listening to hardcore rap such as D-Block and Fabolous.
When it comes to female influences, look no further than Nicki Minaj and Lil Kim — the perfect explanation for her own artistry and sound.
Having collaborated with artists such as Jose Guapo, and Molly Brazy, Shortiie reveals trying to break through the music scene in Toronto. She states, “It’s a bit hard due to lack of resources that we have, of course.”
Blessing the fans with her newest EP titled “Pree Diss,” which she reveals is a call to action to listeners that she wants you to listen to her music versus watch her page, Shortiie emphasizes that every song of hers is a mood. Whatever time you’re on, she’ll have a record to match that exact energy.
Powfu is here to put low-fi Hip-Hop back on the map. You may recognize the Canadian artist from his presence on TikTok, but now he’s spearheading a new lane in the rap game: the lo-fi movement. His sound transcends genres, from lo-fi to alternative to bedroom pop.
Growing up, his father was in a punk rock band and taught him how to play instruments at the young age of 2. His uncle introduced him to the likes of Kanye West and Jay-Z, which sparked a love and passion for the genre. Powfu also has a soft spot for romantic films, going on to write and release songs for 3 years before striking gold.
Powfu, real name Isaiah Faber went viral in 2019 for his single “death bed (coffee for your head), ” a music video which currently has over 64 million views. The record itself is an ode to real love and romance, with that old school Hip-Hop feel we all fell in love with since its inception. Additionally, “death bed” recently received an explosive remix from Blink 182.
RonSoCold is about to be a problem in the rap game. Hailing from North Carolina and a part of the Lyrical Lemonade family, the 24-year-old’s moniker itself speaks volumes to his talents.
Coming up on SoundCloud and accumulating an organic fanbase, Ron is deemed the “melodic giant.” His ability to both rap and sing stands out amongst his peers, creating his own lane with his own stories and style.
Boasting 51.9K followers on Instagram alone, RonSoCold recently unleashed his self-titled debut album home to standout single “Grandma.” The record not only pays tribute to his grandmother, but also sees him reflecting on his own journey overcoming battles to get to where he is now.
When describing himself, Ron states, “If you don’t know me, listen to my music and you’re going to learn. If you feel you’ve been counted out in anything you’re doing in life — it doesn’t even have to be music, with anything — if you feel like you’re an underdog, then that’s RonSoCold.”
AllStarrDaGreat is here to make sure real Hip-Hop remains seen and heard, putting quality music back in the rap game. The Newark, New Jersey native arrives with phenomenal wordplay and bars, with his moniker (ADG) deriving from his status as a top-notch Division 1 basketball player — on par with his talents as an MC.
His East Coast sound and influence comes directly from the greats who came before him, such as Jay-Z and Biggie.
A teenage ADG would travel the world thanks to his basketball skills, but he never stopped writing and recording. His ear for prolific rhymes combined with that heartfelt, R&B soul translates directly into his music, gifting fans with endless gems as his career rises.
Most recently, he teamed up with the one and only Benny The Butcher on “Randy Foye,” a hip-hop collab if there ever was one. The two are well-respected for their ability to tell stories over a bass-heavy beat. Of course, the record pays tribute to the NBA legend from his hometown.
Deante’ Hitchcock has what most artists dream of: a Grammy nomination.
The Atlanta native gained much attention online from his weekly freestyle series titled New Atlanta Tuesday’s back in 2016, proving his talents not only as an MC but as a recording artist.
Fast forward to last year, he was present for the Revenge of the Dreamers III sessions, which resulted in a feature on “PTSD” alongside Omen, Mereba, and St. Beauty.
The 27-year-old is gaining fans daily, creating music that not only sounds good sonically, but creates a vibe for listeners all around the world.
He jokingly describes himself as “Mary Tae Blige, Poppa ForTae, Taeomi Campbell, B2Tae, all those thangs is me. I be rapping and s##t, I make words sound good together.”
Most recently, he released his new album titled BETTER, via Bystorm/RCA Records.
With additional guest appearances from Miguel, Young Nudy, and St. Beauty, the project hails his high-streaming singles “I Got Money Now” with J.I.D. and “How TF” with 6lack.
Skooly has influenced an entire generation of rappers, with his unique blend of singing and rapping.
The Atlanta native first came up as a member of the Rich Kidz, gaining attention for his talents at just 14 years old. Since then, he’s shifted his focus to his solo artistry, creating feel-good music for his ever growing fanbase.
Plus, it doesn’t hurt he’s signed to 2 Chainz T.R.U. (The Real University) imprint. Most recently, he was featured on nearly half the songs on the label’s compilation album No Face No Case, released in February of 2020.
StaySolidRocky is your new favorite rapper. The Texas-born, Richmond, Virginia-raised native thinks of his music like an art canvas, focusing on quality over quantity. At 19 years old, he’s already caught his big break with his viral hit “Party Girl,” which currently has over 11.6 million views and counting.
The song originally took off on TikTok, a hilarious yet innocent video seeing a driving mail lady video bombing while dropping off mail. The record itself quickly entered Spotify’s coveted Rap Caviar playlist, while reaching the #14 spot on the US Spotify Chart.
Born Darak Figueroa, StaySolidRocky describes himself as “a normal person, I make music like everybody else. You might get some happy songs, you might get some bad songs. I never know myself. I don’t want to pick up a certain flow and overuse that flow or melody. I try to keep things different, keep trying to refresh and better myself.”
Growing up on the likes of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Drake, and Kevin Gates, he always took a liking to love songs — a lane that he’d soon embody on his own. While “Party Girl” is still running its numbers up, Rocky reminds you this is just one of his many hits in the vault.
London Jae is never leaving Atlanta, a place he’s grown from a boy to man — from the streets to one of the most well-respected songwriters in the game. When it comes to music, the 32-year-old has proven over and over again his talents in the booth. Whether he’s penning songs for big-name artists or laying down his own vocals, London’s a hitmaker if there ever was one.
His ability to effortlessly create in the studio for various artists is a testament to his musical talent, adapting to each individual he comes into contact with. His creative process doesn’t typically involve physical writing, but more so the ideas flood his brain and come out effortlessly. His work ethic is unmatched, churning out at least 5 records a day since he started 5 years ago.
Aside from winning a Grammy for his collaboration with Cardi B on “Bartier Cardi” off Invasion of Privacy, London’s work transcends all genres, from pop to country to hip-hop to R&B. When it comes to his name, he states, “there’s no way around me Atlanta.” If you go back to Young Thug’s early mixtapes, you’ll see London Jae on the features.
Enimal is far more than just Issa Rae’s brother, he’s a recording artist in his own right. The rapper, singer, producer, engineer, and actor is here to show the world what he can do — while putting on for his hometown of Inglewood.
Enimal is his real name, Lamine backwards, and you may recognize him on Instagram as Enimeezy. Regardless, he’s hungry, determined, and ready to be a mainstay in the rap game.
Crazy part is, Enimal is the one who taught DJ Mustard how to use Reason to produce beats. He was also part of Los Angeles hip-hop group The Fly Guys, who all were lead actors in their own mockumentary produced by his sister Issa (which was her first project before Awkward Black Girl). Enimal would go on to land a recurring role on her critically-acclaimed HBO show “Insecure” on Seasons 1 to 3.
Most recently, he released his brand new project titled “Locked In,” featuring 7 tracks for each day of the week during quarantine. Beyond the music, Enimal was featured in the new Starbucks commercial and also played Jazmine Sullivan’s love interest in her “Insecure” visual featuring Bryson Tiller.
Jackboy speaks his mind whenever, wherever.
In addition to being besties with Kodak Black, he’s signed to the Florida rapper’s Sniper Gang imprint which means one thing: freedom of speech. Having only been rapping for 3 years now, Jackboy’s rise to the top of the rap game is evident in his music: hard-hitting bangers for the streets.
For someone fairly new to the rap game, the 22-year-old has one of the most loyal fanbases.
With over one million followers on Instagram, the Pompano Beach, Florida spitter has been applying that “Pressure,” killing the game independently and owning his own masters. While Kodak is signed to Atlantic Records, Jackboy is geeked to be on EMPIRE Records who treat him as a priority.
All bulls##t aside, loyalty is what glues Jackboy and Kodak Black together. Together, it’s only up from here.
Tudy Guapo calls himself a “mainstream Latino artist,” which speaks volumes to his confidence and talents.
The West Coast artist, who hails from Santa Ana, California (essentially Orange County), started to rap at the young age of 9. Since 2014, he’s dropped over 7 projects and doesn’t plan to let up anytime soon.
Guapo believes in karma, and living life to the fullest. It’s his simplicity and appreciation for nice things that allows him to combine player talk and his real-life day to day life into his lyrics. Beyond grinding hard and playing hard, Tudy gives back to homeless communities by volunteering at local missions.
Trini MMF is here to put on for his people in Trinidad, while reppin’ his upbringing in Washington, D.C. With a unique sound that stands out amidst this oversaturated music industry, the 25-year-old puts his heart and soul into his records.
While Trini was surrounded by the DMV culture of go-go music, it wasn’t until his father passed away that he decided to pursue the music thing for good. Having to come up in the foster care system, he’s able to find comfort in music, using it as an outlet for his thoughts and feelings.
Trini describes himself as “a young hustler from the streets.” He states, “I grew up on the streets and I turned my life over from something negative to positive. I’m a hustler. Anybody around me you ask is going to let you know I’m a hustler. If there’s anything to be sold, we can sell it.”
Fast forward to 2020, he has something most up and coming rappers can only dream of: a Boosie Badazz feature. Their new record “Trap Junkies” speaks to the reality of hustling and gangbanging, something both parties have experienced and overcome.
Birdd Luciano is up next out of Chicago. Growing up on the West Side of the Chi, the singer and rapper trades the streets for the studio by creating hood love anthems for listeners all across the world.
He describes himself as having “a very different approach on delivering music,” creating music for the past few years and most recently unveiling visuals.
His newest single “Toxic Love” is based on a real life love story that is far from perfect — relatable across all fronts. The new release hails from Birdd’s highly-anticipated forthcoming debut project called Ghetto Blessings, which represents all the emotional pain in a stressful relationship. Regardless, his smooth vocals and honest lyrics come in clutch during these sunken times.
Birdd also reps his Qualified Sound Artist (#QSARecords) movement loud and proud.
Slayter is the newest artist signed to Jonny Shipes’ Cinematic Music Group, someone the label has been developing for years.
Born in Puerto Rico but moving to uptown Dyckman at one-years-old, Slayter has been rapping since the young age of 5. His music yields lyrics of his upbringing in New York via vivid storytelling, unveiling his deepest, truest emotions over dark, trapped-out production.
Most recently, he tapped Sada Baby on “Louis V Umbrella,” with an explosive visual to match. Slayter spits on the first verse, “How we in the hills we just some n#ggas from the ghetto / 30 on the chain feeling like gold medals, rose gold bezels.”
Fast forward to 2020, fans can’t wait for his forthcoming project fittingly titled World Got Me F##### Up Vol.1.
One thing Slayter can count on is music as a coping mechanism to get what he needs to off his chest. His vibrant personality includes love for exotic sodas, wild trips to Ibiza, and his new kitty named 30 Clip.
Slayter embodies the definition of a rose rising from the concrete, a success story proving music can be the ticket out the trenches.
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Big Moochie Grape is the latest artist to sign to Young Dolph’s Paper Route Empire, which means he’s fasho getting that money. The East Memphis native arrives with vibrant energy and a contagious smile, along with another level of litness you can hear in his music.
Don’t get it twisted, Moochie has the juice. With undeniable bars and punchlines over hard-hitting production from PRE’s own Bandplay, Moochie gifts fans with his debut EP titled “Eat Or Get Ate.”
The title in itself is a testament to putting in the work and getting to the money regardless of your circumstances.
Given Dolph’s success as an artist killing it independently, it’s safe to say Moochie is in good hands. Labelmate Key Glock has shown his support for Moochie’s new tape via social media as well
TeeFLii’s hit records will never get old. Songs like “24 Hours” featuring 2 Chainz and “This D” saw much success, which included radio airplay and DJs dropping the West Coast bangers each night at the clubs.
TeeFLii, real name Christian Jones, grew up in South Central Los Angeles similar to his peers, working very closely with the likes of Nipsey Hussle and Dom Kennedy. With the former, he had the pleasure of being featured on Nipsey’s biggest projects to date: “Keyz To The City 2” on Victory Lap and “Hate It of Love It” on Crenshaw. The latter, he most recently released an entire self-titled EP with TeeFLii featuring Dom Kennedy.
Jones calls himself a FLii&B singer, which to a lot of people that’s R&B. Born and raised in the church, his entire family was musically-inclined — including his mom and grandmas. His biggest musical influences are in fact not ratchet at all, but more so gospel singers and real singers. Fast forward to 2020, he’s got his eyes focused on that end prize: a Grammy.
Vinny West is repping South Central Los Angeles, creating bangers for the streets and his growing fanbase. His voice is unique, his bars are aggressive, and his production slaps — especially on the West Coast.
The numbers don’t lie. At age 23, the “No Face No Case” rapper has established his name accumulating millions of views on Youtube organically, off single audio videos! What motivates him to go as hard as he does is his own life experiences growing up in the hood, struggling to make ends meet.
Just last year, Vinny West wrapped up his 2019 season playing football. In addition, he’s currently attending college in New Mexico studying Business. Beyond the music, Vinny hopes to be more than just a rapper, but a business mogul in the making.
SACBxY has been entertaining you for years, you just don’t know it. Born and raised in Sacramento, SACBxy, real name Phil Tayag, is here to prove his love for both dance and music can coexist.
Being one of the original members of the world-renowned Jabbawockeez, the Filipino-American creative won America’s Best Dance Crew with the dance group back in 2008.
Since then, he’s performed on the world’s biggest stages including the NBA All-Star Game with Shaq O’Neal and even the NBA Finals for 3 years.
SACBxY recently unleashed the official music video for “in mY way,” which similar to his name, pays tribute to his hometown of Sac. He even performed the record alongside dance crew TRYBE inside the Sacramento Kings’ Golden 1 Center, on Filipino Roots Night.
4 years back, he had the privilege of performing with Bruno Mars at Super Bowl 50. Shortly after, he starred in Bruno’s “Finesse” video featuring Cardi B, later performing alongside the pop stars at the 60th Grammy Awards.
Beyond the music, SACBxY is a father and entrepreneur who founded his own brand BWBE back in 2005.
Los Angeles is home to many greats in hip-hop, from Dr. Dre to Nipsey Hussle to Kendrick Lamar. Insert Cush Wallace, your new favorite West Coast recording artist here to take the music industry by storm. As a classically-trained guitarist and cellist, he prides himself in writing, producing, and even engineering his own music — a rare sighting in today’s oversaturated rap game.
With his dad from Harlem, New York and his mom from El Salvador, Cush was blessed to see the best of both worlds. In addition to memories of playing 50 Cent’s “In Da Club” on the cello, he fondly remembers being exposed to Salvi cuisine, while having soul food on Thanksgiving. When it comes to music, it’s his ambitious, self-motivated, entrepreneurial spirit that’s gotten him this far.
Most recently, he returned to unleash his newest single titled “Loss for Words,” hailing a trappy, hypnotizing vibe that fans can’t help but gravitate towards. The song is inspired by the point in a relationship when you can’t explain why you had a falling out with a significant other, questioning if it was ever a real connection to begin with.
When it comes to hip-hop in New Orleans, Louisiana, you immediately think of the greats from back in the day: including the best rapper alive Lil Wayne and the Hot Boys.
Insert Nykobandz, who’s here to bring a whole new level and sound to what’s considered hip-hop. Fusing the genres of rap, trap, R&B, rock, and everything in between, the versatile recording artist prides himself in his universal sound — while putting in the work necessary to make it to the big leagues.
Originally in fashion school attending The Art Institute in Atlanta, Nyko eventually found himself in the studio through one of his peers studying audio engineering. Taking a stab at freestyling over a Future beat, the song accumulated over 50K plays on SoundCloud organically — giving Nyko the confidence to pursue music altogether.
Most recently, the Swim Cozy Records founder unleashed the official music video for “Yessir,” a banger that showcases his ability to both sing and rap.
Chris Flow is here to prove you can make it out of anywhere, especially when the odds are against you. Hailing from the dangerous part of New Orleans, the rising star loves music down to the core, ready to inspire and make an impact in the rap game. Here to tell his story in the best way possible, Chris is a multi-talented visionary who prides himself in being a leader.
In describing himself, Chris states that sometimes I’m too kind with my heart, but I try to protect it as much as I can. Pretty down-to-earth but most of all, I can say that I’m real.”
With the release of his newest single titled “4am,” which matches his Instagram handle “4nthemorning,” Chris is excited as ever to be dropping new music for his growing fanbase.
Having toured with everyone from Fetty Wap to Dej Loaf to Boosie, the independent recording artist continues to shine in multiple areas of his life. In addition to being a father, he has his own marketing company titled Digital Bluprint and teamed up with fashion brand Staple Pigeon for various shoots.
Fresh out of a productive pandemic year in which he dropped two projects, KAE Hock looks primed to take a big leap in 2021. His first project in 2020, QuaranTarantino, was released roughly a month into the pandemic, when water was a hot commodity in grocery store isles, like he explains on his song “bottled water” from the aforementioned project, “Ya’ll was the most kool-aid, juice drinkin, muhf/took a pandemic to get you thinkin’/I used to a quarter mile for it now it feels like its goin’ down when im lookin at this empty water isle’”
QuaranTarantino differs from nearly all “quarantine projects” in its relatable content, wholly about the experience of a new father amidst Covid-19, as well as the speed of the projects release, and its versatile sound. All of the music was self-produced by KAE Hock in collaboration with his production team of Kazi Jones, Flamez Earl Jonez, Brett Baker, 14 Trak, and Strosity.
Keeping the pen true to scribing about our shared experience, he then dropped “PINAW: Peace Is Not America’s Way,” an 8 track EP chronicling the experience and feelings of a Black Man in America during the riots that ensued after the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others.
KAE Hock’s pen is definitely flowing, and we are all justified in anticipating what flows from it next!
Bay Swag’s newest single “Loyalty & Love” asks the ultimate question: loyalty or love? In weighing out the pros and cons of both, the rising rapper is already onto the next one. He states “I can’t wait until you hear the new s### man, I’ve been working working. It’s about to be crazy.”
Exploding onto the scene in 2018 with his critically-acclaimed single “Saucin,” the New York native showcases his ability to make a banger, while wearing his heart on his sleeve. A raw and vulnerable record dedicated to his father who was sentenced to 85 years in prison, Bay Swag turns his pain into fuel and drive to become the best he can be in both music and his everyday life.
Having toured with the likes of Smooky Margiela and Comethazie, Bay Swag has been staying out the way locked in the studio perfecting his craft, getting better and better with each passing day. Currently signed to Tha Lights Global, the 21-year-old returns to close out the year with a bang — teasing forthcoming records with 2 of the hottest artists in the rap game: Young Thug and Lil Baby.
If you haven’t heard of Zookie Baby, allow us to put you on. The rising star hails from Wilmington, Delaware, arriving with an infectious personality to match her infectious music. Reminiscent of a young Missy Elliott in the making, Zookie, real name Zahiya West brings her A-game when it comes to fusing the worlds of Hip-Hop and R&B — with a knack for storytelling where listeners can’t help but tune in.
When it comes to the independent grind, Zookie puts in the work necessary to bring her to the big leagues, even catching the attention of Grammy-nominated producer Sap. Working with everyone from Meek Mill to Mac Miller to Nipsey Hussle, Sap immediately saw her potential and brought her into his Pioneer Crew. Together, they created her debut album titled Zookergy, 11 tracks that showcase her undeniable energy when she hits the stage.
Blacc Zacc is the living 803 Legend, and he’s here to put on for South Carolina the best way possible. One glance at the rising rapper, you’ll immediately notice the ice on his neck, wrists, and hands — motivation to the masses that they too can achieve their dreams if they work hard, stay consistent, and remain passionate.
Getting money since the young age of 16, the recording artist, entrepreneur, label-owner, and father embodies the definition of a hustler if there ever was one. Stamping his name in the rap game with his 2019 smash “HaHaHa” featuring Key Glock, real name Zachary Chapman flexes his versatility in creating everything from club bangers to street anthems. A true lyricist at heart, his raps tell the story of someone who rose from the trenches and changed his life for the better.
With his new body of work, the South Coast Music Group rapper unleashes 11 tracks detailing why he’s set to be a legend from his city. Spearheaded by singles “Tennis,” “Bang” featuring DaBaby, “Let’s Get It,” and “803 Legend,” 803 Legend arrives on the heels of his debut album Carolina Narcos, reeling in additional features from Moneybagg Yo, Kevin Gates, Yo Gotti, and Stunna4Vegas.
Julian Xtra might be the most unique rapper on the scene, and he’s here to motivate the masses. Hailing from Chicago, the progressive hip-hop artist makes lyrical melodic music that covers heavy topics from politics to spirituality, reminding the masses that real hip-hop comes with substance.
An accomplished producer who’s put out several viral hits, Julian tells his story as someone who experienced a horrible bout of Lyme Disease back in 2012, resulting in the possibility that his music career might be over. Thankfully, he switched his lifestyle into a vegan, alkaline diet rich with herbs and holistic medicine — which he believes healed him back into full health. He even has his own vegan supplement line called All Green Everything.
With his newest single titled “Moths to the Flame,” Julian touches on the fact that for Hip Hop, the party is over. Due to the world‘s current state of civil unrest, party tracks or songs about drug use may not be the most productive use of the platform.
Cokah’s Instagram name reads “COKAH DA ASSASSIN,” so you already know what type of time she’s on. Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, where hip-hop culture is so rich and deep, the rising star reels in influences from all the greats, from Drake and Nicki Minaj to Missy Elliott and Biggie.
After going viral online for one of her freestyle videos, specifically over a Meek Mill instrumental for “Tony’s Story,”Cokah, real name Keayana Coke quickly realized music would be her end-be-all. Turning her poems into raps, the singer, songwriter, rapper, and dancer devoted her entire life to her artistry, and continues to put in the work necessary to make it to the big leagues.
Under the wings and guidance of superproducer Jerry Wonda, Cokah unleashed her debut EP titled “Pink Pantha.” Inspired greatly by the film Pink Panther, she brings vibes for every single occasion possible. Whether you’re looking to turn up, looking for live, or simply looking for some upliftment, Cokah’s got you covered.
If you’re at all tuned in with today’s hottest rappers, you’re probably a fan of Pooh Shiesty.
Signed to Gucci Mane’s The New 1017 label, the rising star proves to be one of the many incredibly talented artists to come out of Memphis. While you can immediately feel the energy in his records, Pooh is just as lit in real life.
Growing up listening to the likes of Chief Keef, Kodak Black, Lil Wayne and more, Pooh is a real lyricist with something to say. Boasting one million followers on Instagram alone, the 21-year-old comes from humble beginnings, effortlessly inspiring and motivating all aspiring rappers in the world that they too can make their wildest dreams come true.
His raw, real-life storytelling in his lyrics yields endless street anthems for his dedicated fanbase, with all his videos hitting millions of views almost instantaneously.
Most recently, Pooh teamed up with Lil Durk for an explosive collaboration on “Back In Blood,” following the success of “7.62 God,” “Twerksum,” “Monday to Sunday” feat Lil Baby & Big30, “Main Slime Remix” feat Moneybagg Yo, and “ABCGE.”
KIR is Philly’s best-kept secret. When it comes to Hip-Hop, KIR delivers on all fronts.
Aptly titling his new EP Hometown Hero, the rising star speaks his truth with each bar, each punchline, each lyric. The 8-track project details KIR’s journey from the bottom, as he works his way into the mainstream light focused on nobody but himself.
“I’m different,” KIR states, “I’m living proof of what all these rappers speak about. Who they say they are, I really lived this stuff. My message comes different, especially to the people that know where I came from.”
KIR is living proof of his rhymes, spitting nothing but the real of things he’s been through and had to overcome. Those who are familiar with his background already know what type of time he’s on: constantly giving the masses motivation in some form or another. Whether it’s an old fan or new, KIR hopes his listeners can realize this is something everybody can get through. Being real is more authentic, and people are able to relate.
Miles Brown is far more than just a character on “Black-ish,” he’s a rapper in his own right. At the young age of 15, the young prodigy has already mastered 3 different careers: from dancing to acting to now, music. He states, “I still see myself as a kid, obviously I still am. I don’t ever want to be treated not as if I am one because I love doing different things. Dancing, acting, music – even in the future, I don’t want to be put in a box.”
Releasing his debut album titled We the Future to the world, Brown uses his voice for the greater good, speaking on real-life current events and issues happening around the world. The 15-track project follows in the footsteps of his father who’s also a rapper, Wildchild of Lootpack, putting on for hip-hop in the most positive light. With production from Madlib, Mic Checkmate, and Deliv, and features from the old school to the new school, from Slick Rick, to Dame D.O.L.L.A., Miles puts together a masterpiece highlighting topics including positivity, family, mental health, equality, and social injustice.
Off the rip on the intro track, fans are blessed with shout outs from all the greats such as Redman, Method Man, Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, and even Post Malone. Beyond the music, Miles is also the first ever junior correspondent for the NBA, interviewing professional basketball players from a child’s perspective.
YID is here to represent for his hometown of Oakland, in the best way he knows how. The West Coast artist arrives on the scene with undeniable talents, spitting his truth over hard-hitting trap beats. Raised in the Acorn projects of West Oakland, the rising star comes from humble beginnings, as a child even witnessing his mother’s ex assaulting her which led to him fleeing his home with his brother.
If that’s not enough, YID lost his brother/best friend recently in a fatal car accident. When it comes to his music, the West Coast spitter injects pain, emotion, and frustration, giving fans nothing but the real. Having made his first beat at 7 years old and his first song at 12 years old, he went on to release his first project at 16 which did numbers organically.
Most recently, YID released the official music video for “ALL CAP,” another banger that calls out all the fake s### happening within the music industry.
It’s #SwiperSeason, and Kingg Bucc is on his way to the big leagues. Born in Haiti but raised in Miami, the 25-year-old rapper brings his own unique swag, spitfire flow, and out-of-this-world personality to the rap game. Releasing his debut EP titled “SWIPER SEASON” at the end of last year, produced by Grammy-nominated producer DJ Hardwerk, it’s been up ever since.
Describing himself as “that fly Haitian kid from Miami, Florida bringing that pressure when it comes to the music game,” Bucc intentionally sets himself apart from the bass sound that Miami hip-hop is known for. With each one of his records, the Kingg Bucc brings the utmost highest energy, infectious melodies, and captivating wordplay — proving himself as a lyricist.
Most recently, he tapped NLE Choppa for his newest single titled “Turn Me Up,” his first release from his forthcoming project SWIPER SEASON, STILL SWIPING (the follow-up to SWIPER SEASON). The name King Bucc fits the situation now, declaring himself “the king” where he’s from.
danny G has created his own lane as a flow-pop artist, combining his love for hip-hop and pop and adding his own flair. Originally from Colorado but currently based in Nashville, the rising artist creates meaningful records that the masses can relate to.
The 23-year-old is the second oldest in a tight-knit family of 4, whom he spent a lot of time and was very close with. With everyone extremely active, doing sports and outdoor activities, danny was the only musical child in the bunch — in his own words, a “special thing he did.”
Mainly occupied by playing baseball, basketball, and soccer in high school and seen as “the jock guy,” it wasn’t until the choir that he realized music was his biggest passion.
Come 2019, danny decided to pursue music professionally once and for all. With his own niche following on TikTok, he releases his newest single “lose my cell phone,” pairing it with a challenge to his fans to put their cell phone down, even for a day. The goal is to celebrate mindfulness by reconnecting with yourself, without the accompaniment of modern technology.
Trevor Lee exploded onto the scene with his viral “Barbershop freestyle,” and it’s been up ever since. Over an instrumental of A Boogie wit da Hoodie’s “Jungle,” he spits “I’m too talented, my execution’s flawless. Failed so many times that I’ve learned to be cautious. Risk is necessity, no excuse for losses.”
Born in Huntsville, Alabama but raised in Houston, the rising rapper loves music down to the core. Describing himself as “just a guy who’s pursuing his dreams,” Trevor sets goals and accomplishes them. In the grand scheme of things, he says what he wants, educates himself, and goes out there to get it.
Most recently, he tapped Victoria Jones for his most powerful single yet, “Fadin.”
The record addresses difficult topics such as suicide and sheds light on the importance of mental health. Teaming up with American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Trevor reminds us that we’re not alone, especially with the way 2020 has been.
Fresh Porter has the streets tuned all the way in.
Hailing from Petersburg, Virginia, the rising artist is on his way to becoming one of the greats. Creating an immense local buzz, the trapper turned rapper has the ultimate cosign from Trey Songz, who comes from his hometown. Having served 4 years in prison, he details his story in his lyrics: from behind bars to becoming his own independent label owner.
Growing up during a time when everybody wanted to be the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Porter was always the cool kid who had all the nice clothes. Previously rapping under the name Lil Fresh, it was his friend Lala who gave him the name Fresh Porter in the MySpace days — and it’s stuck ever since. With Paid In Full being his favorite film, and Rich Porter being his favorite character, there was no looking back.
Standing as his own boss and CEO of N$G Records, Porter has been keeping busy working with everyone from Boosie and Pusha T to Dolph and Rich The Kid.
Fatt Sosa has some of the biggest co-signs in the game, and he’s not stopping until he gets to the top.
Dubbed the King of North Carolina, the rapper and singer hails from the small town of Angier. To date, he’s worked with everyone from Jim Jones to 2 Chainz.
Describing himself as a “country fat artist,“ Sosa states, “It’s the country, not too much to do here. Either you’re in school doing what you’re supposed to do or you’re getting in trouble, one of the two.”
Sosa’s unique sound blends the likes of R&B and hip-hop, turning trap music into his own soulful sound. Injecting real-life experiences and emotions into his lyrics and pairing it with his Southern twang, Sosa hopes to bring listeners into his universe. Recently tapping the MMG boss Rick Ross on his newest single “Pimpin,” the 28-year-old fully brings his fantasies to life in the cinematic visual.
Points is exactly what his name embodies: putting points up on the board at all times. Points, real name Al Sherrod, is a Grammy-nominated, multi-Platinum producer and songwriter who loves music down to the core.
Hailing from New Jersey but now calling Los Angeles home, Points carries an innate talent for putting words together — while bringing the vibes in any given moment.
Music has been a staple in his family since he can remember. At 5-years-old, Points created his first song. Playing it on the piano for his neighbor across the street, he fondly remembers her saying “this is actually good.”
“Music was always a big thing, I used to take the jingles off the commercials on the TV then make my own words to them,” Points explains. “Make people laugh, comedy and music was my s### as a kid. I want to spread joy and positivity, also speak for the ones who can’t speak for themselves.
It was in 2010 when he exploded onto the scene working with famed actor and singer Jamie Foxx on his standout album “Best Night of My Life,” as well as Mary J. Blige’s My Life I and II albums. Two years later, he co-wrote Jennifer Hudson’s “Think Like A Man” featuring Ne-Yo and Rick Ross.
Fast forward to 2020, Points is establishing himself as a recording artist in his own right. Following the release of “Free Man” released on Juneteenth, he returns with his newest banger titled “On Me.”
Chicago is home to many rap legends, from Kanye West to Chief Keef to G Herbo to Polo G. Insert Lil Eazzyy, who comes trailblazing right behind them. The 18-year-old hails from the Southside of Chicago, Eazzyy is here to tell his story and his truth — giving hope to the masses that they too can achieve their wildest dreams.
He states, “I’m here to show people it’s really about your ambition, you got to go out and get it yourself. I want people to see that I went out and got it myself, for motivational purposes. If I can do it, anybody can do it.”
Coming up as a teenager playing basketball, which he was innately good at it, Eazzyy released his first video for “MIKEAMIRI” end of last year and it’s been on the go ever since. With his friend filming a freestyle of his that ended up going viral on the Gram, “Onna Come Up” came as a result. If there’s one record that fans need to hear to get to know Eazzyy, it’s this one.
Symba is here to put on for the Bay Area, and he can rap his a## off. Coming from true humble beginnings, the rising star went from his family losing everything to now being able to tell his story — in hopes of uplifting the masses that they too can bounce back from the highs and lows that come with life. When it comes to his rhymes, he spreads what he calls Ghetto Literacy, viewing rap as his own personal diary.
He states, “We not gon’ shoot videos in the hood with Drake, we gon’ pull a Bentley truck into a college.”
Having written for some of the elites in the music industry, Symba recently signed with Atlantic Records. With each release, he wants to make a positive impact, spitting braggadocious bars about putting in the work and getting to the bag at all costs.
Curly Savv is a 21-year-old, baby-faced rapper with a story to tell. Hailing from Canarsie, Brooklyn in New York, the rising star has been killing it independently, even receiving a super rare co-sign from 50 Cent.
Having started making music at the young age of 16, it was in 2016 when he threw out his first record: a feature on “Gang Gang Gang” with Dah Dah. From that video along, Curly Savv began elevating and “it was only up from there.”
From playing football to creating a buzz on Facebook, Curly turned to music as an outlet to share his real-life experiences. As part of the Brooklyn drill scene, he joins the likes of Pop Smoke, Fivio Foreign, and Rah Swish in keeping The Woo movement alive for generations to come. Most recently, he released his new single titled “Blue Chips,” inspiring the masses to get up and get to the money.
Moving from New York to Florida to Los Angeles in pursuit of where he would fit in best, Curly landed in Los Angeles which he has called home for several years.
Coming on the back of the success of his last two singles “Slide With Me” and “Live” featuring rising star T-Rell, seasoned Chicago rap artist and producer Z-GANG dropped his single titled “UP” in November of 2020. Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Z has been making music since the age of 14 and continues to shine.
When you have the gifted talented of being able to rap, you don’t let it go to waste. Insert Kandie, best known for her roles on “Love & Hip Hop Hollywood” and “Wild ‘N Out.” As you know, both shows require
out-of-this-world personalities and the world quickly fell in love with the “hottest rapper b#### out of Compton, California.”
Remixing songs like Kap G’s “Girlfriend,” Nicki Minaj’s “Yikes,” and Cardi B’s “WAP,” who does it better than Kandie? Not only does she do her own stunts, but she’s talking her s### in each bar. With nearly all her music videos doing numbers organically, Kandie is the definition of a hard-working recording artist who loves music down to the core. Beyond that, her Youtube channel is filled with her amazing cooking videos, just one more layer to her vibrant persona.
With 4 projects out to date, she’s excited as ever to be debuting her newest album aptly titled The Hottest Rap B####. Having been writing this project for 2 years now, this is the most personal fans will see of Kandie yet.
909Memphis describes himself as “a kid like anyone else,” but his musical talents are undeniable. Hailing from the UK but moving to the United States at age 3, the singer, songwriter, and rapper is a huge fan of sports and music, the latter which inspires him to get better each and every single day.
Residing somewhere in the midst of R&B, pop, and trap, the athlete turned recording artist carves his own lane, injecting his own personal life experiences into his hard-hitting bangers. First uploading his music to SoundCloud back in 2016, the 23-year-old began experimenting with his voice, adding certain pitches that add to the overall vibe of the record.
Most recently, 909Memphis unleashed his new album titled Resilience, speaking volumes to the current times amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you love real hip-hop, you love AK.
When it comes to his ability to rap and spitfire flow, he’s a machine. Hailing from South Brunswick, New Jersey, AK, real name Austin Kassabian has been grinding and putting in the work completely independent, getting his start recording in his bedroom with nothing but Logic and a microphone.
In 2016, AK went viral with his explosive remix of Desiigner’s “Panda,” with the official music video currently garnering over 40 million views and counting. Since then, he’s followed it up with a string of releases from covers to original music, carving his own lane as the future of Hip-Hop. His 2018 single “Now I’m Forever” even peaked at #1 on the iTunes Hip Hop Charts in the States.
Regardless of the ups and downs life brings you, one thing’s for certain for AK: music is his life. His passion, dedication, and work ethic in perfecting his craft is both admirable and respectable, with a dedicated fanbase supporting his every move. Now, he returns with his most powerful record to date: “Family Tree.”
The visual sees AK digitally morphing into the legends he came up on, from Lil Wayne to Eminem to Drake to Snoop Dogg.
Gino Haze has always had his eyes set on being a rapper, being born to teenage parents in Inglewood, California. When it comes to his sound, he prides himself in his diversity, being able to go from soulful melodies to relentless bars and lyrics. With each release, he injects honesty and authenticity, always upholding his stature as a hustler and a gentleman.
His parents divorced when he was age 9, and the family moved to Chicago where he quickly fell in love with hip-hop. After watching and collecting Smack DVD videos, he went on to record his first song at age 12. Moving back to Los Angeles for high school and living with his father, he returned to Chicago for college where he met some of the hottest rappers from The Chi today.
Gino’s first album named Confident saw features from Casey Veggies and Dom Kennedy, showcasing his ability to not only spit but put on for his city. Fast forward to 2020, he continues to prove his worth as an MC, releasing his newest single and visual for “I Try.”
Q Da Fool
Q Da Fool isn’t worried about the fame, he’s creating music for his dedicated fanbase. Growing up in the Prince George County area of Maryland, Q Da Fool, real name George Hundall got his start as part of rap collective Pakk Boyz Gang before turning his focus to his solo career. Having gone through the ups and downs that come with life in the streets, which includes run-ins with the law and multiple jail sentences, Q makes music inspired by real-life experiences — pouring his heart and soul into his raps.
Speaking on his upbringing int he DMV, Q states, “Everything was good. As you get older, you start making bad decisions. You gotta deal with the bad decisions ever since.”
Now signed to Roc Nation, Q raps about his come up, creating bangers chock full of motivation and game for all those who listen. Beyond creating music for people to relate to, Q isn’t afraid to step outside the box
He proudly reps his own Rich Shootas label, which he hopes will one day become the next Cash Money or Bad Boy. Earlier this year, he landed a standout feature with Shoreline Mafia on “Gangsta & Sippas,” which had us lit all the way from the West Coast to the East Coast.
With a name like Vibe God, the name speaks for itself. The Houston native describes himself as a matter of space, someone who’s “been walking this Earth trying to be one with everything.”
He states, “That’s how I can put it: anything I’m around, I’m adapting. That’s where I’m at. I don’t know where I’m going. The wind blowing’s anywhere and everywhere, I’m there adapting.”
The rising artist lives by the mantra: “when I drop, lightning strikes hit the ground.” With an unwavering passion and love for creating music, the “Lights Off” recording artist prides himself in doing everything independently for the time being. Having gone through the struggles that come with life, which includes surviving a car accident in which his Volvo flipped over 5 times and getting robbed and losing all his music, Vibe God is proof that as long as you stay positive and spread good vibes, you’re doing the right thing.
Most recently releasing his new single “Backend,” he continues to push his movement with Internet Candy while being a good father to his daughter Juney.
SuperDopeQ is here to prove he can rap, just as much as he kills it in the fashion world. Getting his start as a wardrobe stylist working with everyone from The Migos to Keke Palmer to Young Dolph, the Milwaukee native is best known for his high-fashion, streetwear style — with the ability to drip from miles away. Women Crush Wednesdays, Man Crush Mondays, he’s styled all of them.
When it comes to q#### entertainers, Q is stepping up to the plate. With his most recent release titled “Baller Alert,” he reminds the masses that no matter your situation, don’t ever forget to celebrate life. This includes treating yourself and celebrating the hard work you’ve put in, up until this point.
From working as a personal assistant to the CEO of Black Ink Crew to landing a recurring role on the show, Q has a contagious energy and personality that fans can’t get enough of. While he balances the show, styling, running two businesses (a boutique back home in Milwaukee and a unisex fragrance line called Carmae), and a personal life, he’s focused on the music now more than ever.
Oakland is home to a slew of talented artists, from Too Short to Mistah FAB to MC Hammer.
The 23-year-old is here to tell his story and his truth, coming from the streets and finding his outlet in music. Being adopted at 11 months old and falling victim to his environment, he spent his adolescence and teenage years in and out of juvenile halls.
He states, “Being from Oakland taught you how to be a certain kind of way. It f##ks you up because it’ll make you feel a certain type of way towards the world, and you can’t be like that with everybody. You can’t always be defensive, that’s how I am right now.”
Inspired by his favorite rapper Meek Mill, Laney has a newfound love, appreciation, and dedication for music. Investing in himself and using all his money to move to Los Angeles to pursue his dreams full-time, he built his own home studio and has been locked in the lab perfecting his craft. Now, he releases his highly-anticipated single titled “Colorful s##t” featuring Lil Yachty.
47 GiNO is only 17 years old and already proving his worth in the music industry. One look at him, and you’ll immediately notice his signature curly hair.
One listen of his music, you’ll immediately catch a vibe. Plus, he raps about real-life struggles and experiences, reminding the masses that we all got through it in this thing called life.
He states, “It’s pressure. If you hear my music, you can tell off the rip.”
Now he’s under the wings of Jason Geter, the music executive and mogul is known in the industry for discovering and signing only the best talent from T.I. to Travis Scott to Iggy Azalea.
On “NO MERCY,” GiNO raps about “I ain’t tryna speak if it ain’t bout the cash, me and CASHAE bout to run up that bag,” shouting out the production team he works the most frequently with. Always feeding his fanbase, he drops his most recent singles and visuals for “No More” and “No Mercy.”
TruCarr is here to put Watts on the map. The “Outside” rapper describes his hometown as “the gutta,” chock-full of street s##t, violence, females, the list goes on.
The city is broken up into sections, but luckily, TruCarr has the luxury of being able to do his thing and move around (along with his people).
The Tru indicates his honesty and authenticity, keeping things 100 at all times. Growing up, Lil Wayne and Boosie were his biggest influences — but he can hardly name a Top 5. He listens to nobody but himself and plans to take his artistry all the way to the top.
It’s not every day you meet a hungry, passionate rapper out of Las Vegas. Insert D.cross, who began his journey battle rapping and soon discovered his knack for bars, punchlines, and simply. With music being his calling in life, the 29-year-old proves there’s no correct trajectory to your path — if you put in the work, the rest will come.
D.Cross puts on for all the street rappers in the world. Regardless of your situation, he serves a role model for anyone trying to make it out the trenches.
With a string of releases that hit the fans in a unique way, including “Watch Out” featuring Boosie and “Legendary” featuring Houston’s own Sauce Walka, D. Cross claims he’s just doing it for the city.
To date, his biggest accolade had to be opening for The Game on his Europe 45 Tour, swooning the crowd with his real-life lyricism and undeniable ability to rap.
Jay5 is on his way to becoming one of the greats.
Originally hailing from Virginia, moving through New York, and finding his way to Atlanta, the rising rapper paints a vivid picture of his upbringing in the streets, turning a negative into a positive regardless of the circumstances.
Jay5 describes himself as “a youngin’ from Atlanta trying to stay in his own lane. I’m for the people, that’s the best way to put it. I put myself last in all situations.”
Having grown up with the global superstar Lil Baby, Jay5 is directly inspired and motivated by his come up — giving him the reassurance that if Baby could do it, he could too. Mixing his Southern Trap influence with autotune, Jay5 made his mark with his debut project Super Turnt, hailing the fan-favorite “Super Turnt” featuring Rylo Rodriguez.
With his newest offering, the 5 EP, Jay 5 unveils 3 new tracks paying homage to his best friend who was killed last year.
If you’re an aspiring rapper in Detroit, you got some big names to live up to.
Everyone from Eminem to Big Sean to J Dilla to Royce Da 5’9” has paved the way showing the youth you can make it out the mud and make your dreams come true.
The result? A collaborative banger titled “Super Smash Bros.”
These kids have bars and punchlines for days. But unlike the other rappers, they’re inspired by the nostalgic, retro 80’s era we all know and love — which comes to life via samples and production.
While StanWill TR Dee and Babytron shine in the group, it was the latter’s project Bin Reaper that left a lasting impression on audiences all around the States.
With a bowl haircut reminiscent of Drake Bell from Disney channel, Babytron proved his worth as a spitter painting vivid imagery of his past scamming days.
You rarely get a group that are all the same age, but the 19-year-olds all met in high school and it was a wrap ever since.
YXNG K.A is only 18 years old and already destined for greatness. Hailing from the projects of North Philadelphia, the singer and rapper is a young prodigy in the making equipped with undeniable bars, vocal range, harmonizing melodies, and honest storytelling in his lyrics. In describing himself, he simply states, “I’m a chill, laidback guy that’s trying to do his business.”
From releasing his first song titled “Forever Committed” to signing to Interscope a few months later, the East Coast spitter is proof that dreams do come true as long as you work hard and stay passionate. Forgoing his initial dreams of becoming a professional athlete, YXNG K.A. would go home every day after school and write a couple songs a day. Whatever he’s going through, he put it into the music — with old and new fans instantly connecting.
From only making music less than two years ago to now his major label debut, Reaper SZN, YXNG K.A proves he’s just getting started.
F$O Dinero is all about the money, in the most positive way possible. Hailing from Broward County, the “Blue Bills” rapper is here to take this music thing all the way to the top, with goals of obtaining Gold and Platinum plaques while headlining the game’s biggest events. It was in senior year of high school when he decided to trade the hoop dreams in for the studio, the only place he truly feels alive and inspired.
Coming from humble beginnings, it was Lil Wayne and the Cash Money imprint that he looked up to growing up — giving him hope that he could one day attain their stature.
Atlanta is the home to many rap stars, from the legendary Jeezy to T.I. to Young Thug to the Migos.
But hailing from the Westside of the A is also Young Cooley, who’s ready to hang with the big dogs in the game.
While Young Cooley, born Brandon Thomas, draws inspiration from the late Tupac, he prides himself in delivering happy, turn up music. The street s### is cool, but he wants to bring positivity into your life.
As evidenced in singles “R Kelly” and “Yes I Did,” Cooley proves why he’s a force to reckon with. It’s his lyrical delivery over hard-hitting beats that allows him to continue to express himself through the music.
Houston has produced so many legends, from Scarface, Trae Tha Truth and Travis Scott and most recently, Megan Thee Stallion.
From the Southside of the city also hails Yung Al, putting on for the ghetto the only way he knows how.
When asked to describe his sound, he answers, “One of a kind, unique. It’s a genuine sound. I just do me man, I’m not scared. I say what they’re scared to say.”
This means instead of mainstream rapper flexing and spitting about being rich, he brings it back to humble beginnings: the struggle.
While he’s born in New Iberia, Louisiana, it’s H-town he calls home.
Marky D is here to go full force with his rap career.
Born and raised on the outskirts of Los Angeles, uptown Whittier to be exact, the West Coast spitter describes his music as “speaking for people who can’t really say s##t.”
Raised by his grandma, Marky grew up to all the old school legends such as James Brown, Biggie, Tupac, Suga Free, and even Commodores. With this comes inspiration from a variety of genres and sounds, eventually fuzing them into his own lane.
Marky tapped E-40, the Ambassador of the Bay on a new single titled “EVERYBODY,” which was exclusively premiered on AllHipHop.
The record itself is a certified bop, something you can bump in the whip with your windows down at all times.
During a time where female rappers are finally getting the shine they deserve, and rightfully so, now more than ever are newcomers being welcomed with open arms. Meet Tu Blanco from New Orleans, Louisiana, here to prove she has what it takes to be one of the greats. With her biggest influences being Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, and Lil Baby, the rising rapper and songwriter is equipped with gritty bars, hard punchlines, and an aggressive flow that sounds like no other.
With her artist name inspired directly by Griselda Blanco, the drug lord from Columbia, Tu states, “She’s a boss and I’m a boss,” with a laugh.
Entering the game with her debut single “Sit Down,” Tu hopes to motivate the masses with her music and her story. Having gone through her own bouts of depression and struggles with mental health, she writes creates music to make her feel better — in turn making other people feel better.
CMO describes himself as an “industry hood baby,” so you already know what type of time he’s on.
The rising star hails from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, home to many greats from Boosie to NBA Youngboy to Kevin Gates. While only a handful of artists make it out his hometown, CMO is proud to be the next hottest name to arise — and he’s not stopping until he gets to the top.
Most recently unleashing his new visual for “Lost Files,” CMO arrives spitting nothing short of the truth, showcasing relentless bars, gritty punchlines, and vivid storytelling on his journey from the trenches to the studio. With music being his saving grace, he says goodbye to the trap — while remaining true to himself at all times.
With his own label titled We All Eat (WAE), CMO looks out for himself, his family, and his team, with a burning desire to give back to his community.
Typhanie & Co
Typhanie & Co is here to bless the rap game with her talents and beauty. The New Orleans, Louisiana native is a rapper, model, graphic designer, and entrepreneur all in one, who prides herself in being a versatile lyricist. What sets her apart from all the other female rappers is her knack for hip-hop and all its elements, pulling from the greats such as Missy Elliot, Drake, and Lil Wayne.
In describing herself, she simply states, “I’m a super creative person across the board, and I keep trying to find different ways to get that creativity out to the world.”
Being a Howard alum and savvy to many political issues in the world, Typhanie & Co is a strong, black woman who isn’t taking no for an answer. With her focus on self-growth and wealth, she continues to put in the work behind-the-scenes as she climbs her way to the top.
With her newest project Double Tap, she unleashes 6 of her hardest freestyles — fan favorites directly pulled from her Instagram page.