It’s fair to say in 2013 hip hop has come full circle. The rap fans that grew up on Biggie and Pac have had more than a decade to grow with the ever-evolving roster of hip hop crews that have emerged across the country since. The current generation of rap fans also grew up with the internet, spawning a new breed of fans. Rap music is more diverse and exciting than ever. With the help of a thriving internet community of supporters and enthusiasts, hometown heroes have been catapulted into worldwide success stories virtually overnight. Not only has the ability to go viral changed completely, so has the prototypical “rapper.” From Swedish teens rapping about their love of Hennessy and promethazine to Miami rappers melding Caribbean roots with southern swag and a healthy dose of trap. We’ve put together a list of standout youngins you need in your hip hop lexicon. You can’t be young forever, but you can try.
Reppin’: Miami, Florida
The Crew: Raider Klan, Metro Zu, Spaceghostpurp’s fractured crew that included Robb Bank$, Denzel Curry, Chris Travis, Ethelwulf, Sky Lex, Eddy Jordan Yung Simmie, Amber London, Key Nyata, Dead Craig and Nell.
How Yung: As part of Spaceghopstpurp’s Raider Klan, Yung Simmie has been climbing the ranks of the generation of trap-clad internet rappers looking to get wavey on and offline.
The Hype: The producer and rapper has come to be known for his rawness and raspy southern flows over grimey, trap beats that often include bits of Miami’s Reggae and Caribbean influence sprinkled throughout.
The Lowdown: Combining mostly self-produced, cloud-rap production popularized by acts like A$AP Rocky and Spaceghostpurp, with a restrained intensity, Simmie creates a unique style of Southern-esque, trap-infused rap music.
Most likely to: Never use vowels.
Least likely to: Graduate.
Essential jams: “Splak”, “Off The Dank” Denzel Curry “Threatz” feat. Yung Simmie.
File Next To: Three 6 Mafia, Spaceghostpurp.
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