4 Rappers From The Midwest You Should Watch Out For
Midwest hip hop has a mind of its own, no artists relay on one similar style. In the 1990’s, some Midwestern artists that made a name for themselves include Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Eminem, and Tech N9ne. Midwest hip hop has grown immensely since the 90’s and has birthed artists like Juice Wrld, Kanye West, Eminem, and Chance the Rapper. No state or area has a set in stone musical vibe in the Midwest, which defers from the West and East’s heavy influences. Below I’ve listed four rappers from the Midwest you should watch out for due to their unique flows and styles.
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Rocking a few face tattoos, Jumex joins the ranks of other emo rappers making a wave in the game. Brookfield, Illinois native gets his MC name from a juice brand in Mexico. His musical roots take influence from punk, emo, and grunge. Jumex discusses his mental health, love, and drug usage. He is apart of the emo rap revival that has been happening for the past few years and is helping add to the genre. Although, his sound and look are unique for a Midwestern rapper.
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Notorious for being a scammer from Detroit before (and during) his blossoming rap career, his allows his lyrical content to showcase that. Teejayx6 has cosigns from artists like Lil Yatchy and Vince Staples. Since he’s only 18, his repertoire is extremely impressive. In fact, in 2019, he released two full length projects. To top it off, in 2020, he released a 20 track album with only a handful of features.
Ohio: YSN Flow
Related Artists: Calboy, King Von, and Lil Tjay
His first single “Want Beef?” blew up almost overnight. The 16 year old from Cleveland has a sophisticated flow and raps about his everyday experiences with money, friends, and girls. Recently signed to Republic Records, he released his first full length project Flow $ZN earlier this year, which already has millions of plays. YSN Flow is underrated, he’s easily apart of my list of 4 rappers from the Midwest you should watch out for.
Kansas: Dom Chronicles
Related Artists: Medhane, MAVI, and Hieroglyphics
Dom Chronicles is the top contender on my list of 4 rappers from the Midwest you should watch out for. He brings soul, rawness, and a touch of 90’s R&B to his verses. His music is spiritual and utilizes eccentric samples. The vibes are immaculate and are a perfect soundtrack to smoke to. He’s been in the game for a bit, but is starting to gain more traction by being featured on AudioMack playlists and filling his followers feeds with positivity daily.
The Midwest’s Potential
Jumex, Teejay6x, YSN Flow, and Dom Chronicles only really have one thing in common; they’re from the Midwest. Each of their styles are dissimilar and appeal to different demographics. The Midwest is overlooked and these artists are demonstrating the range of talent in it. Now, give each artist a listen and ask yourself “is there a particular sound in the Midwest? Or is it just a big melting pot?”