Rep yo city!
Mob Deep once said, “It ain’t where you’re at, it’s where you’re from.” And they were right. There are a lot of rappers that have made it out of the slums of their hometown. In hip-hop, it’s important to remember where you came from, even more important to pave the way for new artists from your hometown to come up right behind you.
A lot of our favorite rappers reside in big, popular cities like New York and L.A. But those same artists hailed from smaller cities like Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The following cities have produced the best hip-hop in years and continue to do so.
Home of the Big Poppa and legends of hip-hop, New York is the birthplace of the greatness that is the genre. Allow me to remind you that Run-DMC, Queen Latifah, Nas, Jay-Z, Wu-Tang Clan, LL Cool J, Nicki Minaj, The Diplomats, 50 Cent, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Black Star, Busta Rhymes, The LOX, DMX, Puff Daddy, Remy Ma, and more came from this magnificent place.
New York’s New School
Most of the aforementioned are still dominating the game and with recent-comers, A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, French Montana, Joey Bada$$, and Dave East, New York will forever make it’s cultural presence known.
Since the beginning of time, L.A. has given us jewels in the form of artists and music. From Ice Cube to Dr. Dre to Snoop Dogg to Tupac to Warren G, we can’t have a list without L.A. being one of the firsts on it. The city of angels was one of the starts of this rap sh*t and is still producing! Kendrick Lamar, Tyler, the Creator, Tyga, YG, and Schoolboy Q have risen, showing that the city has yet to fail us.