Alabama has never really been in the spotlight for hip-hop music. Last year though, Birmingham’s own YBN Nahmir made the 2018 XXL Freshman List. But like most places, a majority of the scene is comprised of indie Alabama rappers.
There have been a few notable rappers to come out of ‘Bama, like Doe B who was signed to T.I.’s record label, Hustle Gang. The young rapper was up-and-coming but was tragically shot and killed at the age of 22.
Doe B – Let Me Find Out
Then there was Rich Boy who saw one-hit wonder success in 2007 with his single, “Throw Some D’s.” The talk on Twitter lately is that he didn’t get enough credit for that song. I’m here to remind y’all that the song was a certified banger back in the day. Soulja Boy sampled it for his song “Report Card” and between the two I had enough bars to piss off my teachers.
The late rapper, The Last Mr. Bigg was featured on Three 6 Mafia’s album, Most Known Unknown. Mick Jenkins is hot right now, he’s definitely based out of Chicago and I would associate him with the Midwest. However, he was born in Huntsville, AL. But, the pinnacle of rappers from Alabama to this day, in my opinion, has to be Gucci Mane. Most associate him with the ATL because that’s where he got his start, but he was born in Bessemer, AL.
The State of Underground Hip-Hop in Alabama
Independent hip-hop has been celebrated in-state with Alabama Hip-Hop Week for the past eleven years. The first Alabama Hip-Hop Honors award show took place this past October. It was presented by Paul Tutt of I Sign Myself, the full-service artist development agency. Along with Maxximum Exposure Ent.
At the end of summer 2018, hip-hop solidified its presence in the state’s culture when it got an exhibit in the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. Museum curator, John Moseley, built the exhibit with the intention of future expansion in hopes that the hip-hop culture will continue to grow.
These are the artists I dug up out of the digital crates in ‘Bama. It’s a snapshot of the culture based on hours of searching Bandcamp, following hashtags on Instagram and Googling underground hip-hop in Alabama.
I also want to give a special shout-out to Dash TV. Videographers are typically underappreciated and these guys are the plug for what’s hot in that region right now.
Alabama Underground Hip-Hop Playlist
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Are you from Alabama? Are you spitting bars with the hot passion of a prostitute on the night of Valentine’s Day? Did we leave you off this list? Holla’ at us, because we still want to feature you!
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