Problem

Twitter: @Itsaproblem

Pros: A quick fix when in need of the turn up, raps better than most in his lane.

Cons: Hasn’t quite figured out how to leverage his big ticket features, his rap name has terrible SEO

Essential Listening: Welcome to Mollywood

Few up-and-coming, unsigned local artists have managed to secure as many spins on the notoriously impenetrable fortress of L.A. radio as Problem has. Starting with the success of his single “I’m Fucked Up”—a 2008 club banger reminiscent of the sideshow-ready tracks that proliferated during the heyday of the Bay Area’s hyphy movement—this Compton rapper has managed to become a DJ favorite in the City of Angels.

At it’s peak, “I’m Fucked Up” earned Problem a two single deal with Universal Records. Since splitting with the label, he’s regrouped with Diamond Lane Music alongside fellow Comp-town spitter Badd Lucc and continued his independent work with veteran artists like Daz, Kurupt, Snoop Dogg, DJ Quik, Lil Wayne, and Cool and Dre.

Right now, “Function,” an E-40 song that Problem’s featured on with YG, has been hitting the radio hard. Problem’s latest single “T.O.” featuring Skeme off his Welcome to Mollywood mixtape, is holding it’s own on the stations as well, while the video for the Diamond Lane single “Last Love” debuted on BET’s 106 and Park this past March.

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