Continuing our tour around the country in search of the best underground hip-hop artists, we move on to the mid-west with Michigan. Our recent stops have taken us to the deserts of Arizona and pubs of Massachusetts where we’ve found some dope and exciting new artists.
While Arizona and Massachusetts aren’t usually states you think of in terms of hip-hop, Michigan has been a hot bed over the last decade, so our expectations were high going into this. We weren’t let down either, encountering six of the hottest up-and-coming Michigan rappers set to blow up in 2022.
Check them out below and let us know what you think. Are we on point with this list, or did we miss someone? Tell us who you think should have been on and maybe they will make it on to our platform in 2022!
Six Michigan Rappers Well on Their Way to Blowing Up
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Snap Dogg was one of the first artists we found when we started digging into the Michigan hip-hop scene. His street hit, “On Jesus Sandals,” has nearly one million views on YouTube with several others accumulating hundreds of thousands regularly. He’s really found a solid footing and fanbase that can help catapult him to the next level in the game. Check out his latest single “JIGSAW” featuring GMF Dtown below.
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Our next artist keeps it krispy with a K. KrispyLife Kidd was recently featured in Pitchfork for his 2021 album The Art Of Spice Talk. Noted for his “booming voice and endless supply of wild ad libs” the Flint, Michigan rapper has become an exciting and energetic force on the mic. His latest track “I Ain’t Gonna Lie,” released two weeks ago, is all gas and no breaks from start to finish. Featuring Don Perrion, the track is reminiscent of something you’d hear on BFB Da Packman’s latest album. This in itself makes sense, being that both artists are from Flint.
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Next up on our Michigan hip-hop list is Drego with his homie Beno and their flavorful track “Ben and Jerry’s.” The two have become one of Detroit’s top duos with fans wishing they worked together more consistently. Both these artists are worth talking about, but for this list we focus in on Drego. His music video “Popovich” and his latest album “Krazy Man” have stirred up quite the buzz in Detroit. So, peep the track with Beno, and if you rock with his sound, check out some of his solo work too.
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Taking us through the halfway point of this list is YSR Gramz. He recently dropped a hefty 21-track album titled Welcome To Beecher. With a solid number of features, this album may be worth checking out if you’ve been digging this Michigan hip-hop list so far. About a week ago, he released his music video for “RMC,” one of the tracks off his latest album. Some of his other notable tracks include “Hooty Hoo” and “Lamelo Ball.”
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This next artist doesn’t have a ton of music out, but what we did find shows a bubbling potential that could take the mainstage at any moment. Amber Chene is probably one of the most diversely talented artists on this list, putting a heavy emphasis on the “art” part, too
Amber Chene is a multidisciplinary artist/songwriter, and she also makes statements in fashion and design. Her track “Pretty Bitch With Gold Teeth” is an absolute vibe, like a mixture of Goldlink and SZA. Amber steals the show with her dreamlike aesthetic and sultry tones, and we will likely see her again soon.
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Closing out our list of Michigan rappers is Lokye. From the outside looking in, it may look like he still has some work to do in terms of building up his following. But, with the most unique flow and sound on this list, we had to show some love with the sixth spot. He dropped his album Color Coated 3 earlier this year, and just nine days ago, he dropped a video for “Velour Sweat’s” off the album.