4 Rappers From The Midwest You Should Watch Out For
Midwest hip hop has a mind of its own, no artists rely on one similar style. In the 1990s, 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 ’90s 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.
Best Midwest Rappers
A bastardized version of the American rap scene, the Midwest is unsung and independent, with a huge chip on its shoulder. The most talented Midwest artists have achieved success with their own style and taste, regardless of what was popular elsewhere in the country at any given time. You should keep an eye out for the following five Midwest rappers due to their unique flows and styles.
Related Artists: Lil Tracy, Smrtdeath, and Juice WRLD
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 a part 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.
Related Artists: Q Da Fool, NLE Choppa, and Famous Dex
Notorious for being a scammer from Detroit before (and during) his blossoming rap career, he allows his lyrical content to showcase that. Teejayx6 has cosigned 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 a part 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 follower’s feeds with positivity daily.
Gary Indiana: Freddie Gibbs
Freddie Gibbs (born June 14, 1982) is an American rapper from Gary, Indiana. He is best known for his stage name Freddie Gibbs. He is one of the most versatile rappers of his generation. He is just as at home rapping over an 808 track as he is on a jazz or soul sample.
Later, Gibbs signed to Young Jeezy’s CTE World and released several mixtapes, including 2012’s Baby Face Killa.
He collaborated with hip-hop DJ and producer Madlib to produce this album. Two years later, they collaborated on the album Bandana, which was released in 2017.
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 is dissimilar and appeals 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?”