Local legends: The Roots, Beanie Sigel, Freeway, Schoolly D, The Fresh Prince, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Eve, etc.
Hot right now: Meek Mill
Up-and-coming talent: Gilbere Forte, Ar-ab, Chiddy Bang, OCD: Moosh and Twist, GrandeMarshall, Chill Moody, Ryshon Jones
Check out live shows at: Theater of Living Arts, Trocadero, Electric Factory
Best rap parties/festivals: The Roots Picnic, Made In America Festival, Powerhouse
Tune into: Power 99; Hot 107.9
Known for producing fierce, energetic rappers like Beanie Sigel and Meek Mill, Philadelphia has also been home to some of hip-hop's biggest mainstream ambassadors, in the form of The Fresh Prince, who ultimately became movie star Will Smith, and the genre's most famous live band, The Roots, who are now on TV every night as the house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. With a long tradition of soul music, and a huge selection of record stores and lively nightclub scene, Philadelphia has traditionally been a haven for the art of DJing, launching the careers of people like DJ Jazzy Jeff, Cosmo Baker and Diplo. Although it doesn't have much in the way of up-and-comers making an impact nationally right now, it still boasts a solid live scene bolstered by great venues and two of the best music festivals for hip-hop fans, The Roots Picnic and Jay-Z's Made in America Festival.