Notable Artists: Jackie Chain, G-Side (ST 2 Lettaz and Yung Clova), Block Beattaz, Zilla, Jay Dot Rain, 6 Tre G, Bentley
Most Underrated Artist: Jackie Chain
Most Underrated Contribution: Block Beattaz defining the sound of a generation of rap blog favorites
Huntsville's momentum has slowed down a bit in recent years, with breakout star Jackie Chain stuck in label purgatory and critical favorites G-Side parting ways, but the city is still responsible for some of the most compelling Southern rap to come from outside of a main industry hub in the last decade.
That's largely because of production team Block Beattaz, a.k.a. Leigthon "Mali Boi" Hicks and Cory "CP" Parham, who more or less single handedly built Huntsville into a miniature hub of its own through their Slow Motion Soundz production company. Block Beattaz have produced for a range of artists that includes T.I., Mike Posner, and Freddie Gibbs, but, outside of their work with G-Side, they're best known for their extensive collaboration with Maybach Music Group rapper Stalley.
With a firm infrastructure in place, veterans like Jackie Chain and ST 2 Lettaz getting high-profile looks from other artists, and some promising young talent in the pipeline, Huntsville has everything it needs to stay on the map for the long haul.