Brooklyn, New York has produced some legendary names in hip-hop but, as always, it’s about what’s new and fresh breaking onto the scene. With no shortage of options, Brooklyn has one of the most saturated markets for underground hip-hop to choose from.
We dove right into the Brooklyn scene and found six rappers that we think are positioned to do big things in the coming year. From classic drill to the new Woo movement, Brooklyn has it all. Check out the list below and let us know which artists are your favorite in the comments below.
6 Brooklyn Rappers Ready for Major Success in 2022
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Coming up as a member of the B$B Crew alongside popular rapper Troy Ave, Young Lito wears multiple hats in the music game. From rapping and songwriting, to straight hustling out in the streets, Young Lito puts in work and is ready to make his mark as a solo artists. His latest mixtape, Stay Inside (The Quarantine Tape), is a 10-track project that spoke about what Lito, and the world, has been feeling during COVID, especially during the lockdown. Additionally, “Glow” has become a fan favorite where we can listen to Young Lito talk his shit.
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Dread Woo started to come up during the time Pop Smoke was blowing up and the “Woo” movement was emerging. Influenced by the unique melodies inspired by UK drill beats, the Woo frenzy has brought out a whole new wave of talent. Using this to his advantage, Dread Woo has garnered almost 2 million streams across various platforms. He was even featured on the Pop Smoke album, Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon, on the track “Woo Year.” In 2021, he released his album Smoke Will Never Clear, a 7-track project with no features.
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Sappo Floss had a relatively quiet 2021. After dropping two projects in 2020, Sappo let the buzz build and only released one single. Now going into 2022, Sappo Floss looks to capitalize on those silent moves and begin making some real noise. Another prodigy of the Woo movement, Sappo can turn a catchy beat into a hood banger with ease, rapping about life in the streets of Brooklyn. His latest track “Family Feud” features a nasty sample that Sappo makes his own, attacking the anthemic beat with a tireless aggression.
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You could say M.I.S Ron is one of the more outspoken artists on this list. He recently made an Instagram video showing other Brooklyn rappers he thinks are trash; a pretty bold move if you ask us. However, he’s been able to back it up, amassing a solid following and dropping consistent tracks. Ron is another artist who didn’t drop too much in 2021, so we could only imagine how much he has stored in the vault for us. Is there a potential album on the way?
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Using the complete opposite strategies from the previous two artists, Quelly Woo went hard in 2021, dropping two full length albums, Tactical Pressure and Top Prospect. Only starting to rap in 2020, Quelly first popped off with tracks like “Dreams N’ Nightmares,” “Bacc Out,” and “One of One.” His most recent video, “Motion,” is straight Woo energy and is on the better half towards a million views in only one month. Also known as “Mr. TP,” Quelly has been building a brand that looks like it may stick around and make some big waves in the hip-hop scene.
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Some of you may already be aware of Dusty Locane. The Brooklyn rapper went viral shortly after Pop Smoke’s death for their striking similarities in tone, flow, and even ad-libs. Rumors began to circulate that the two were related as cousins, but Dusty cleared those up after not too long. The drill rapper has been on a major come up in the last year, but wants it to be clear he never wanted Pop’s death to bring him fame.
In an interview with HipHopDX, the Brooklyn rapper explained he didn’t want to play up the friendship because it felt exploitive. Either way, by his hand or not, word got out and the internet was set ablaze with the “Pop Smoke Clone.” He has since been able to move away from that image while still paying homage to his late friend when he can.