With over a decade in the industry, Philadelphia rapper Freeway knows a thing or two about up-and-coming talent. The Friend of Jay’s has seen the tides of entertainment turn a time or two, so who better to suggest some promising Philly up-and-comers. 

Young Chris 

Another mixtape don, Young Chris struck it big with his ode to his hometown, featuring another of the city’s prides, Eve. Bonus points for shout-outs to King of Prussia mall and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

Sean Falyon 

While his claim is to be everywhere, the Atlanta-native has relocated to the Philadelphia scene, where the facially hirsute rapper has found a home. Hit “Big City Nights” provides the perfect soundtrack to a Philly night out.

Lean Bean


When it comes to the rap scene, Philadelphia isn’t just the City of Brotherly Love. Young lady Lean Bean cut her teeth on the mic battling all comers – her ferocity belying her age.

Chic Raw

Philly’s underground hip-hop scene is teeming with talent, and Darren “Chic Raw” Martin is one of its biggest names. Martin’s snarls have mdae him a known entity on mixtapes and DVDs alike, even before his two-year prison stint.