Florida rap is thriving right now, and unlike other regions in the country, there isn’t just one sound that’s dominating the state. Some artists are finding success with drill, some prefer melodic rap, and others are making music you can dance to. A lot of the songs are uptempo, and often motivational. A track like D30’s “Motion Music” will inspire you to go get money, while a song like Bobby Fishscale’s “Long Way” will make you realize no matter where you came from, you can make it in life.
New rappers are catching fire all over Florida right now, and every corner of the state has a buzzing scene. In the north, Jacksonville artists like GMK and JdotBreezy are breaking through, while Natenumbaeight goes viral weekly with his freestyles. In Central Florida, rappers like Orlando’s Kuttem Reese and St. Petersburg’s Jimbo World are picking up national buzz, while Tampa’s Doechii is innovating new sounds (while catching the attention of Top Dawg Entertainment). And all the way down in the south, Dream Chasers signee Tafia is making waves in Miami. In Broward, HMT Tray just signed to Empire and West Palm Beach’s own Mari Montana is rapping his ass off every chance he gets.
It’s not going unnoticed, either. Established artists like Money Man, Future, and Jay-Z have picked up on the momentum in the state and aligned themselves with rising Florida rappers like Goldenboy Countup, Real Boston Richey, and Bobby Fishscale.
As a new generation of stars emerge from Florida, I took some time to highlight some of the state’s most exciting breakout rappers. It’s not a comprehensive list, but it’s a collection of artists who I’ve been enjoying lately. Here are six rising Florida rappers you need to know right now.