History of Southern Rap:
Rappers from Florida
While break dancing, graffiti and most importantly the music genre hip hop was all created on the east coast, New York City specifically, southern rap has held the reign of being the most influential since the beginning of the 2000s.
When hip hop first began the focus was on the East Coast and later the West Coast, but a few individuals slowly helped bring the attention to the south as southern rap is dominating popular culture.
From Luke Skywalker to J Prince to Master P, each individual in their respected state has had much contribution to hip hop, but what many do not know is the south has been producing hits since the 1980s.
While southern rappers have hailed from cities and states from all over the south, the Last Mr. Bigg of Alabama or David Banner of Mississippi, the most important states that have help with the growth southern rap are Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Louisiana and Georgia.
History of Rappers from Florida, aka Florida Hip Hop
One of the south’s most populated states, rappers from Florida have always been based in Miami and South Florida until of late as the number rap artist is growing nationwide but especially in Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa.
When the music scene of Florida took off, the city of Miami with its party type music or Miami Bass was the main focus, even though there were a handful of reality type songs that were based on real-life and not the club scene.
The Miami Bass movement featured numerous artist, but at the forefront and the most known and most popular was the 2 Live Crew as they had hits like “Me So Horny” “Hoochie Mama” and multiple others.
Luke Skywalker and the 2 Live Crew, which also featured Fresh Kid Ice, Mr. Mixx and Amazing V, played a very important in not just rap and hip-hop history but also the music industry as their group is responsible for the Parental Advisory sticker.
Poison Clan “Shake Whatcha Mama Gave Ya”
Other pioneers and stars of Miami’s old school rap was Poison Clan, which featured the “Who Dat” star JT Money, Disco Rick and the Gucci Crew, Afro-Rican, MC ADE, and multiple other artists.
While males have always dominated the music scene, there were multiple female acts within the Miami Bass scene like Anquette, MC Luscious, Dis N Dat, L’ Trimm, and a few others.
While Miami was the base for the “Bass” sound, Orlando and Jacksonville also had its own share of stars like DJ Magic Mike and Prince Rahiem in Orlando or the Quad City DJs and 69 Boyz.
Trick Daddy “Back In The Days”
By the late 1990s, a new wave had started with Slip N Slide as the record label almost had monopoly for Florida’s top rap acts starting in the late 1990s and continuing throughout the 2000s as Slip N Slide became a home for Trina, Plies and Rick Ross.
Slip N Slide’s beginning, also other labels like Poe Boy, was the end to the Miami Bass and Miami booty music as Trick Daddy and other Florida artist were the start of the rise of Florida’s street music of reality.
Trick Daddy, from the late 1990s with his release of “Based on a True Story” to his 2006 album of Back By Thug Demand, held the throne of Florida’s rap scene with a real and raw delivery of everyday life the streets could easily relate to.
Plies “Kept It Too Real”
Following Trick Daddy’s reign of Florida came the Fort Myers artist of Plies, whose music was just as real and relatable as his music reached every ‘hood of Florida with better production and songs based on real street events.
Rick Ross, former artist of Suave House and even appeared on songs with 8Ball & MJG, started out as a street rapper with the hit album of “Port of Miami” and the smash hit single “Hustlin”and now has transformed to being one of the largest black entrepreneurs in the south.
DJ Khaled, who had got his start in New Orleans and with Cash Money Records, has become one of the biggest DJ’s in the country as his movement, along with production from producers like Cool N Dre, helped introduced a new movement during the mid-2000s.
Currently, during the 2010s, Florida’s rap scene is again booming with the likes of Kodak Black, Tokyo Jetz, GlokkNine, and others from Jacksonville, Orlando, and South Florida as the younger generation is now in control.
Unlike other cities and states who imitate and copy much from Atlanta, Florida has continued to keep their identity of Donk cars, dreds, gold teeth, and the raw and street type of rap that shows their difference from any other place in the south.